CARE TO DARE: UNLEASHING ASTONISHING
POTENTIAL THROUGH SECURE BASE LEADERSHIP
Have you ever been led by someone who cared about you, and dared you to achieve more than you ever thought possible for yourself, your team and your organization?
Care to Dare explains how becoming a Secure Base Leader releases extraordinary potential in yourself and others, freeing you from the fears that hold you back. From extensive interviews and surveys conducted with more than a thousand senior executives all over the world, Care to Dare reveals the nine characteristics that Secure Base Leaders display daily. The research shows that a primary difference between a successful leader and a failed leader is the presence or absence of secure bases in his or her life.
Explaining the thinking behind the secure base concept, the book shows that when a person feels safety and comfort they are inspired to dare themself. Simply supporting and caring is not enough; being a Secure Base Leader means that you must also push your followers out of their comfort zones, daring them to achieve more. The book provides numerous examples of both business leaders and everyday people who, inspired by secure bases, were able to achieve goals they viewed as impossible.
Part of the Warren Bennis leadership series, Care to Dare will take you on a journey where you will discover your own secure bases, past and present, and show you how you can be a secure base for other people. The message for leaders is clear: by caring enough to dare, you, your teams and your organization can unleash astonishing potential.
“Care to Dare sends a vital and urgent message to every leader: empathy and attunement are not a waste of time in today’s business climate, but essentials for success. George Kohlrieser makes the business case for kindness as the platform that allows leaders to challenge their followers. And he does so with authority, depth, and verve. Every leader who wants results needs to read this book.”
DANIEL GOLEMAN, AUTHOR, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
“I wondered if George Kohlrieser could create a worthy sequel to his masterful Hostage at the Table. Well, he, Susan and Duncan have, and then some! Genius in its simplicity, this book shows us that the Secure Base Leader provides a combination of safety and risk that creates the only possible means to success at innovation. ‘Innovate or die’ is the seminal characteristic of today’s environment; Care to Dare is the key.”
TOM PETERS, CO-AUTHOR, IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE
“If you read only one book on leadership, it should be Care to Dare by George Kohlrieser, Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe. Filled with actionable advice, the book shows leaders how to discover their secure bases in order to sustain their effectiveness and energize their teammates to do so as well.”
BILL GEORGE, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, AUTHOR, TRUE NORTH AND FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MEDTRONIC
“This book will not only help you learn – it will help you act! A book for leaders across all cultures, its message is clear – Care enough to Dare and you will transform teams, organizations and business culture.”
MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, AUTHOR, MOJO AND WHAT GOT YOU HERE WON’T GET YOU THERE
“This is an exceptional book with a message that is critical to the challenge of developing better leaders. In short, being personal and connecting on a human level is the key to what really matters in life and business. George has done a great job of explaining how and why this matters so much if you want to lead others effectively.”
DAVID ROCK, CO-FOUNDER OF THE NEUROLEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, AND AUTHOR, YOUR BRAIN AT WORK
“Care to Dare ties together the essential and very human elements of leadership into a program you can make work. Read this powerful and very readable book. It will help you see your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and will help you grow as a person.”
JOHN A. DAVIS, FACULTY CHAIR, FAMILIES IN BUSINESS PROGRAM, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
“Kohlrieser, Goldsworthy and Coombe’s captivating book makes a compelling case for the need to have, and to be, a Secure Base. Their clear prose and relevant examples bring the concept to life, empowering all of us to become better leaders.”
NICK SHREIBER, FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE TETRA PAK GROUP
“I have found Secure Base Leadership to be a powerful concept that has practical applications for any business. When leaders Care to Dare, they can build higher levels of engagement and deliver more creativity and innovation for their organization.”
SØREN K. VILBY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, NIELSEN & NIELSEN HOLDINGS, DENMARK
“Secure Base Leadership works at both a personal and professional level. George, Susan and Duncan have identified nine characteristics that can make a real difference to the performance and impact of any leader.”
ANDREW MILTON, COO, CONSTANCE HOTELS
"Care to Dare presents a unique, indepth new outlook on leadership. Full of fascinating, diverse examples this book is well-researched and practical!"
DEVORA ZACK, AUTHOR, MANAGING FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE MANAGING