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About the Dare To Lead Program


Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™  is an empirically based courage-building program. The training is meant for professionals who take responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and have the courage to develop that potential. 

Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists. 

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™  program focuses on developing these courage-building skills to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership. 

Individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour Dare to Lead™ program will receive a certificate of completion and can add a "Dare to Lead™ Trained" badge on their LinkedIn account. 


Dare to lead: the four skill sets of courage


1. Rumbling with Vulnerability

Vulnerability is not weakness. It is our most accurate measure of courage.  You can’t get to courage without rumbling with vulnerability. Embrace the suck.  Leaders can either invest a reasonable amount of time attending to fears and feelings, or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behaviors.

2. Living into our Values

Practicing our values is different than professing them. When we practice our values, we are clear what behaviors support us and which can derail us. Daring leaders live into their values and are never silent about hard things.

3. Braving Trust

Trust-building happens in small, authentic moments over time. Trust-repairing demands a conscious choice to place courage over comfort. Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind. Create a shared language about the seven elements of trust and be willing to talk about them. 

4. Learning to Rise

When we have the courage to walk into our story and own it, we get to write the ending. But when we don’t own our stories of failure, setbacks, and hurt—they own us. Courageous organizations know that failure and setback are part of the learning process. Rising skills are taught before the fall. Supportive, growth-minded feedback that flows in both directions--top-down and bottom-up--helps everyone rise stronger. 


big impact

dare to lead across industries

"We’ve now tested this approach in more than fifty organizations and with approximately ten thousand individuals who are learning these skills on their own or in teams. From the Gates Foundation to Shell, from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 50 companies, to multiple branches of the U.S. military, we have found this process to have a significant positive impact, not just on the way leaders show up with their teams, but also on how their teams perform."  ~Dr. Brené Brown