Dare To Lead™ is a new leadership program based on Dr. Brené Brown’s latest, best-selling book, Dare To Lead, and delivered by Certified Dare To Lead™ Facilitator, Kylie Lewis. Dr Brown has spent twenty years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and recently completed a seven-year study on brave leadership. As she writes:
‘Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up.’
The goal of Dare to Lead is to share everything Dr Brown has learned about taking off the armour and showing up as leaders in a skills-based and actionable workshop and playbook. Here are a few of the big ideas that emerged from her research:
01.YOU CAN’T GET TO COURAGE WITHOUT RUMBLING WITH VULNERABILITY. EMBRACE THE SUCK.
Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable, observable, and measurable. The foundational skill set of courage-building is “rumbling with vulnerability.” Once we have built these rumbling skills, we can move on to the other three skill sets: Living into Our Values, Braving Trust, and Learning to Rise. Our ability to be daring leaders will never be greater than our capacity for vulnerability.
02. SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-LOVE MATTER. WHO WE ARE IS HOW WE LEAD.
The greatest barrier to courageous leadership is not fear — it’s how we respond to our fear. Our armour — the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that we use to protect ourselves when we aren’t willing and able to rumble with vulnerability — move us out of alignment with our values, corrode trust with our colleagues and teams, and prevent us from being our most courageous selves.
03.COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS.
To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organisations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armour is not necessary or rewarded. We have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.
About Brené Brown
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.
Brené has spent the past fifteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers; Dare To Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts (2018), Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (2017), Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution (2015), Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010). She is also the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (2007).
Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top four most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 36 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference, where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.
Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children Ellen and Charlie. Further information is available at www.brenebrown.com.
What attendees are saying
Kylie delivers Dare to Lead with incredible passion and insight. She definitely knows her stuff – she was able to clarify and give excellent clarification when needed. Thank you Kylie, you are an outstanding facilitator.
Kristy Hine, Director, Element Lifestyle
The Dare To Lead workshop has been a transformative experience. Kylie is an outstanding workshop facilitator with a real zest for supporting the growth of people. This experience has provided me with an abundance of new tools and skills as well as a greater sense of awareness of me as a leader.
Joshua Pacek, Innovation & Learning Design Leader, Bethany Lutheran Primary School
The workshop has helped me to develop both personally and professionally. It calls to me to start with “self-first”. It generates deep reflection and encourages and celebrates honesty as part of learning to be a braver leader. If you want to feel real change in yourself and your workplace I can’t recommend it enough.
Natalie Nickson, University of NSW
The Dare To Lead course covers much deep and reflective information. It could easily get heavy and overwhelming. Kylie kept it interesting and entertaining. Dare To Lead gives you a great set of tools to lead. Thank you!
Adrian D’espeissi, Owner, Eagle Bay Brewing Co.
I attended Dare to Lead training facilitated by Kylie in August 2019. I felt like I was in compassionate, skilled hands taking the first steps in this journey with Kylie. She modelled integrity, bravery and values-based living. It was obvious she went to great lengths to ensure our training environment and food were conducive to wellbeing, togetherness and learning. I’m sending another one of our leaders to Kylie’s November workshop in Brisbane. This is not just a two-day workshop, it’s a For Life Workshop. Do yourself a favour – book into one of Kylie’s workshops and let her join your journey in living a big, brave life. She is an impressive alternative to Brené Brown (and I’m a massive Brene Brown fan). Kimberley Kevan, Group Manager Allied Health (BOccThy) Adapt Health Care, PresCare
To be completely honest, I felt uncomfortable and challenged at the start of this workshop but I was so glad to have gone through this journey. What a wonderful transformative experience! Thank you Kylie for your beautiful, encouraging demeanour and excellent presentation. This learning has helped me tremendously.
Donatella Mannolini, Assistant Principal, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
It is incredibly difficult to learn the skill to “hold space”, to work in integrity and to offer compassion in a vulnerable world. Kylie offers all of this in her “Daring to Lead” workshop. She will gently challenge your perspective, allow you to search for the answers within and provide the right questions to apply the learnings and growth along the way. Thank you for being a confident, competent and open facilitator.
Bel Yorston, CEO, YLead
This workshop has empowered me to be a more courageous and daring leader, able to lean into difficult conversations, live my values and rise again when things don’t go as expected.
Sean Croon, Founder & Career Coach, ITCV Writers
I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea what I was walking into. I heard of Brené Brown but hadn’t read the books. Kylie and Julie made this experience feel attainable, relevant and tangible from the first moment. It is not easy to create a sense of safety when sitting in what we often perceive as ‘darkness’ – shame, guilt, forgiveness, sadness – bit it felt more than bearable – it felt like growth immediately. Thank you.
Ana Pocrnjic, Co-ordinator, Regional Team, QPASTT
The content of the seminar is a powerful tool for self-awareness. Attending the seminar is better than merely reading Berne’s wonderful books. It has equal applicability to the office & in the home.
Kris Kerr, Medical Doctor/Pathologist, Sullivan Nicolades Pathology
Last week was such a wonderful and enlightening experience. I have spent a lot of time reflecting and just noticing (not judging or blaming) how impactful this work is both on the job and at home. I have had a few good arena moments last week and it was fascinating to see situations play out with a new lenses looking over it and how I was able to approach it. I really look forward to embedding these skills and keeping the conversation going.
Jamie Robertson, Leadership Facilitator, Customer Growth, Bupa
I’ve had lots of moments at work where I’ve been testing the ‘rumble’ (the story I’m telling myself is…). I’ve also been able to introduce my team to the rumble starters as they are mostly phone-based and this has supported the improvement of their customer service and listening to their clients. I’m enjoying having more open conversations – I’ve actually reduced my stress levels at work which is fantastic. I feel I can be a more ‘genuine me’ as a result of attending the workshop. Great content and Kylie is a great facilitator- a must attend for all leaders!
Lisa Whittle, Aged Care and Brokerage Program Manager, Alliance Community, Australian Business Solutions Group
The Dare To Lead workshop was everything I needed right now. These topics are crucial – there is nothing more important. Kylie is such a brave leader herself – showing that not only was she sharing information she has learned, but fully living and breathing these concepts, and led the group with understanding and compassion. We all need to learn to be braver! Thank you Kylie, for such a life-changing experience, I’m ready to step into the arena (even if I get it wrong sometimes). Thank you!
Kelley Sheenan, Editor in Chief, Peppermint Magazine.
This workshop was so empowering. Held in a safe, inviting and creative space allowed for honest, open conversations which resulted in many learning and takeaways. The knowledge I will take away both professionally and personally is invaluable, truly amazing. I feel a greater understanding of my values, how to be kind, learn, grow and most importantly, empower others to do so. Thank you Kylie, you were simply incredible, knowledgeable, supportive and empowering.
Jess Dangerfield, Community Engagement Coordinator, Geelong Football Club (Victoria)
I’ve been utilising the tools and rumble starters and am already feeling braver and more confident about having those difficult conversations. Exactly where I wanted to get to, thank you!!
Ally Watson, Co-Founder, Code Like A Girl (Melbourne)
I cannot recommend this course enough and I do so with my whole heart. Thank you Kylie for facilitating the pathway forward. It was an incredible journey of self-discovery and validation mixed in with a healthy dose of self-awareness on hardwired long time approaches that would benefit from the implementation of the strategies we learned. Every leader serious about leading with care, compassion and empathy should consider this investment.
Fiona Dalton, Managing Director, Uniworld Cruises (New South Wales)