Summary of Care to Dare

Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership

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Care to Dare book summary
“Secure Base Leaders” provide security for others while encouraging them to take risks.


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Business leaders should be “secure bases” for their employees – providing security and protection while challenging them to explore and take risks. Consultants George Kohlrieser, Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe urge leaders to remain calm in emotional situations, recognize others’ potential, stay positive and be accessible. The familiar theme that caring executives foster an engaged, committed workforce has been discussed in other business books. However, these authors take the concept further by adding examples of leaders who dared to make a difference and offering useful advice for developing new skills. getAbstract recommends their insights to executives, department heads, team managers and other leaders, particularly new ones.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to become a “Secure Base Leader,”
  • What characteristics secure base leaders possess in common and
  • How to make your company a secure base.


“Secure Base Leadership”
Leaders who provide a secure base for their employees balance safety and risk. With caring, you provide comfort and security. With daring, you provide inspiration and exploration. A secure base is “a person, place, goal or object that provides a sense of protection...
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About the Authors

George Kohlrieser leads the High Performance Leadership Program at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. Former Olympic finalist Susan Goldsworthy owns the Goldswolf & Associates consultancy. Ashridge Business School teacher Duncan Coombe consults for the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value.

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