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About Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead Book written by Brene Brown placed on a table with headphones, post its, coffee and a pens.

About Dare to Lead™

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is the ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.  The Dare to Lead™ program is an empirically based, courage-building program based on four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable.  This program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership and gives language, tools, and exercises to put the four courage skill sets into immediate practice.  The four courage skill sets are:

1. Rumbling with Vulnerability: face risk, uncertainty, and tough conversations with courage, clarity, and empathy

2. Living into our Values: identify what you stand for and how to show up from a place of integrity every day.

3. BRAVING Trust: build meaningful and authentic connections with your teams and colleagues so you can work together from a foundation of trust.

4. Learning to Rise: become aware of your emotions and stories and learn how to lead with courage… even when faced with failure, disappointment, and setbacks. 


Over the course of this program you will learn and experience the curriculum through a combination of short videos by Brené herself, Co-Active facilitation, small group and pair work, practical exercises, and self-reflection to guide you through the skill sets of daring leadership.

You will learn Daring Leaders are self-aware, know how to have hard conversations, hold themselves and others accountable, build trust, lead with empathy and connection, take smart risks that lead to innovation, reset quickly after disappointments and setbacks, and give and receive effective feedback.

Organization Offerings


Delivering inside organizations.  Programs designed for leaders, teams, groups and cultures.  


Full Program:

  • 3 Day Program, Continuous

(8:30am – 5:30pm)

  • 3 Day Program, Split

(over 3 weeks or 6 weeks)

  • 6 Half Day Programs, Split

(every week or every other week)


Daring Leadership Workshops:

  • High impact workshops ranging from 2 to 4 hours.

  • Based on the 4 courage skill sets and specific organization and team needs.


We offer a range of support to deepen learning and shift organizational cultures, including: contextualized learning, organizational assessments, 1:1 or team coaching, curated homework, skill drills, and group calls.

Public & Association Conference Offerings


Delivering outside of organizations.  Participants vary across companies, experience and industries. 


Full Public Program:

  • 3 Day Program, Continuous

(8:30 am – 5:30 pm)


Daring Leadership Workshops:

  • For association conferences

  • High impact workshops ranging from 2 to 4 hours.

  • Based on the 4 courage skill sets

  • Content is customized based on the needs and themes of the Association.

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.


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. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.


Brené interviewed over 150 global c-suite executives based on one question: what, if anything, about the way people are leading today needs to change in order for leaders to be successful in a complex, rapidly changing environment where we’re face with seemingly intractable challenges and an insatiable demand for innovation.  The answer… we need braver leaders and more courageous cultures.

Watch Brené Brown at TEDxHouston as she speaks on The Power of Vulnerabilty. 



"Michelle was fantastic. Open, vulnerable, kept us on track, was supportive and respectful, challenged and pushed us."

“Michelle really believes in this work and what she is teaching.  She made the workshop exciting, relatable and fun.  She respected everyone and met everyone where they were at when discussing difficult topics"

“Michelle did a great job coaching and facilitating us through the content. The materials, visuals and content were great and she created a safe environment for us to explore this work together as individuals and team members."

“Our team had some very real conversations that have been under the surface a long time. We found joy, connection, and a shared purpose across our team.”

“This program had challenging exercises, deep engagement, self-assessment tools and meaningful leadership content.  We bonded as a team and organization and immediately I noticed some of our armor is being released. Excellent material and very effective program.”

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