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Barack Obama: Leadership, Family, and Service

Unlocking Us, Brene Brown, Barack Obama

5 mins

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In this December 2020 episode of Unlocking Us, Brené Brown is joined by former U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss finding balance, what makes a good leader, and tapping into our full potential.


Barack Obama: Leadership, Family, and Service

Barack Obama: Leadership, Family, and Service

by Unlocking Us


When we think of inspiring leaders of our time, Barack Obama is one of the first names that springs to mind. As the first African-American President of the United States, Obama has many insights to offer on unity and overcoming obstacles in leadership.

Brené Brown, a professor of social work with specializations in courage and shame, and author of the viral TED talk 'The Power of Vulnerability.' In her Unlocking Us podcast, Brown explores ideas, experiences, and media that reflect what it means to be human.

In this episode from December 2020, Brown talks to Barack Obama about his new book, A Promised Land, focusing on the themes that overlap with her own research. Faith, transformative leadership, vulnerability, and family all feature in this rare glimpse into the former President's mind.

Favorite quote

Both the evangelical Christian and the progressive liberal actually has a sense that they'd like to see a return to values and meaning and spirituality, and how we reconcile that with a big, complicated urban society, I think, is a good project for all of us.

- Barack Obama

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