Dare To Lead
This blog section will be a reflection on the book “Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.” by Dr. Brené Brown. Dare to Lead is the ultimate playbook for developing as a brave leader. The book examines four skillsets that are fully teachable to build courageous cultures and brave leaders. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent two decades studying courage, shame, and empathy. Within her research she found that our organizations are in need of braver leaders and more courageous cultures. These two major parts build a sturdy foundation for companies to innovate & grow. According to Dr. Brené Brown a leader is: “Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.” The main question Brown seeks to answer is “What does it take to become a daring leader and build a courageous culture?”
According to Brown courage is a collection of 4 skillsets that can be taught & measured:
- Rumbling with vulnerability
- Living into our values
- Braving the trust
- Learning to rise
Rumbling with vulnerability means to show up fully even when the end result is out of your control. Ensure that you are vulnerable in all of your relationships, whether they be via email, phone, text, face-to-face, etc both inside and outside of the business environment. Vulnerability presents us with the feeling of enthusiasm and fear at the same time. A voice in your head advises you to play it safe while you feel conflicted to speak up. To be a brave leader you must enter difficult conversations and suggest honest feedback; this allows for growth, creativity, and innovation.
Living your values refers to ensuring that your actions and words align precisely with your beliefs. Potentially consider drafting a list of your beliefs and actions that compliment with these beliefs. Do not simply speak about your beliefs, live them. As a leader, you must be conscious of what is going on around you. You must understand when to act, and that you may be obliged to act in difficult situations. However, these actions will set an standard for your entire team. Although aligning your decisions and actions with your beliefs may not always be a comfortable choice, it will always be the correct choice.
Braving the trust means to listen to your gut when it is addressing you. Do not do this blindly, however, make conclusions based on good judgment and analysis. Trust goes hand-in-hand with being vulnerable. Trust is established over time through moments of vulnerability when you choose courage over convenience. Being a trustworthy leader means that people will hold you responsible for following through with commitments and admitting your mistakes. Be vulnerable, but set limits for yourself and establish an environment built on trust for you and your teammates.
Learning to rise refers to you. How do you speak to yourself when things don’t go as intended? Do you look for someone/something to condemn? If you are constantly looking for an out you will always be constricted to a fixed mindset. However, learning to become better for the next time around shows a mindset of maturity. Recognize emotions that specific situations develop within you, analyze these emotions. Never allow emotions that lessen your worthiness, faith, or creativity.
The next time you discover yourself in a state where you are requested upon to direct courageously remember to rumble with vulnerability, live your values, trust, and learn to rise when something do not always go according to the plan!
December 17, 2019 – Last week Equiant’s executive team rolled out their vision for 2020 & years to come during Tuesday’s company-wide team meeting. Employees celebrated after the meeting with champagne, orange juice, cake, and more. Be on the lookout for innovative and exciting things to come from Equiant in the upcoming year!
December 20, 2019 – Equiant celebrated the Holiday season in many different ways this year. Not only did Equiant partner with “Save The Families Foundation of Arizona” to host a Christmas Drive for those in need this holiday season, but Equiant also hosted an ugly sweater day, a secret Santa gift exchange, a desk decorating contest, and a holiday BBQ for all employees and their loved ones! Equiant’s Holiday BBQ took place at Desert Breeze park located right behind Equiant’s office space. The Holiday BBQ included corn hold, karaoke, a photo booth, food, a band, LOTS of games, and amazing prizes. The Holiday BBQ allowed employees to celebrate the holiday season with co-workers, friends, and loved ones!
We truly thank you for your ongoing support throughout 2019. May the new year be even better than the old. We wish happiness and health to you and yours in the year ahead!
Per each blog post, we will be featuring a member of our fantastic Equiant staff to learn more about their role at Equiant and how they specifically create an outstanding client experience for our clients.
Name/Department: Vanessa Zepeda/Operations Supervisor
How does your function support Equiant’s day to day operations? I support Equiant by ensuring the operational side of the business such as compliance is working at its best.
How do you support Equiant’s clients day-to-day? My team and I constantly work with clients to handle items like cash processing to make sure funds are handled in an efficient and timely manner.
Your Favorite memory at Equiant to date? My favorite memory at Equiant to date is the Murder Mystery game that we did this Halloween. It was exciting to work together as a team and get to know my co-workers better as well!