‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by thirty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.’

– Dr Brené Brown

Evidence-Based Leadership Curriculum

Dare To Lead™ is a new leadership program based on Dr Brené Brown’s latest, best-selling book Dare To Lead, 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 nine-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.’
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Delivered as a real-time, interactive online workshop by Melbourne-based experienced Certified Dare To Lead™ and Daring Way™ Facilitator, Kylie Lewis, this workshop will change the way you lead in all arenas of your life.

Featuring a comprehensive official workbook and three hours of exclusive video content of Dr Brené Brown recorded specifically to support the workshop curriculum, it’s like having Brené in the room with us.

The courage building program pragmatically designed to embed the four skill sets of courage into leaders and teams at every level:

Rumbling With Vulnerability

The most essential skill of future-fit leaders

Living Into

Defining how we want to show up as a leader


The seven elements of trust building in every relationship

To Rise

The reckoning, the rumble and the revolution to rise strong after a setback

The impact

After completing the training, Dare To Lead™ participants report powerful changes in their leadership mindset and behaviour. Simply put, they show up with more courage and commitment to positively impact those they serve.

  • Courage to have difficult conversations

  • Tend to problems sooner

  • Tools to set and hold boundaries for better work-life balance

  • Greater capacity to lead from values

  • Ability to hold people accountable, without shame or blame

  • Capable of building stronger relationships between team member

  • Ability to create psychologically safe culture

  • Skills to role model tending to hard emotions and destructive behaviours in the workplace

  • Deeper self-awareness to lead

  • Clearly understand and articulate the behaviours the build or betray trust

  • Skills to implement organisational culture change

  • Whole of Person approach to leading, learning and living

What Is Your Call To Courage?

It is one thing to listen to a podcast or read a book, it’s another level altogether to process the learnings and embed them into our bones. Through the Dare To Lead™ workshop, we place the learnings specifically into your professional context by exploring the questions:

  • What’s your call to courage as a leader?
  • Where would you like to be braver?

We hone in specifically on your leadership challenges, what’s getting in the way of you moving through them, and the strategies and tools needed to lead bravely in your career arena.

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The foundational insights that emerged from Brené’s research into transformational leadership discovered that:

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. Our greatest measure of courage is our capacity to rumble with 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 behaviours 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.

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03. Courage is contagious.

To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organisations, we must 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 intentionally creating and upholding a culture in which people feel

Words from courageous leaders

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Ways to Dare to Lead™

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Throughout the year, we offer the Dare To Lead™ curriculum as a public workshop available online via Zoom, delivered in realtime to leaders throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and beyond. Each workshop experience also includes a Circle Back check-in session four weeks after completion to further embed learning and discuss progress.

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The Dare To Lead™ curriculum is easily adapted for custom leadership programs for organisational teams, leadership groups and boards.

Together, we’ll work with you to co-design a Dare To Lead™ experience to suit the pacing and priorities of your team.

A sample program might look like:

Your team will have access to four qualitative online assessment tools which investigate:

  • Daring Leadership Assessment – this measures an individual’s strengths and opportunities on the four skill sets of courage.
  • Armoured Leadership vs. Daring Leadership Assessment – this investigates the group’s cultural norms across 38 armoured and daring leadership behaviours.
  • BRAVING Trust in Teams Assessment – this explores how the team shows up in regard to the seven elements of trust.
  • Importance of Courage-Building – asks participants if they understand why increasing courage-building skills is a priority for their team.

The four modules of courageous leadership can be delivered online either as three full days, best spaced out over a series of weeks or series of half-days spaced out over a few months. Each participant is given a comprehensive, reflective practice workbook to use throughout the program which is integrated into the delivery, along with exclusive video content from Brené recorded specifically for Dare To Lead™ participants.

Monthly two-hour group sessions over 3, 6 or 12 months to revisit the work, its application in the real world, ongoing challenges and future preparation. Using appreciative inquiry methods, we hold space for reflective practice and further integration of learnings around increased self-awareness and courage skill-development.

To build a truly courageous culture, we can partner with you over the long haul to integrate daring leadership into your core processes and touchpoints throughout your organisation. Systemic change requires ongoing care and commitment to individuals, teams, stakeholders and communities.

Together can explore:

  • Defining your organisational values and operationalising these into observable behaviours
  • Integrating courage into onboarding and recontracting with team members
  • Exploring ways to link appraisal feedback with daring leadership behaviours
  • Rumbling with team stories around challenges and setbacks

If you’re looking to hone your leadership and pick up new tools to be braver in your work and life, the Dare To Lead workshop, as facilitated by Kylie, is powerful, impactful and thought provoking.


You may be wondering…

This evidence-based leadership training busts the myths of vulnerability, and delivers a whole-of-person approach to courageous leadership. Immediately implementable tools are developed, and mindsets shifted.

Brené defines a leader as “Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential. 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.”

Solo freelancers, small business owners, government officials, elite sports people, health practitioners, educators, administrators, executives, and Board members have all done the workshop and walked away with a deeper and broader leadership toolkit based on their context. If you are the tiniest bit curious about leading your own life, and the impact of your work on those around you, this workshop delivers.

Absolutely yes. All training can be delivered in real-time online, at a scale and pace that suits your workforce.

Now is the time to get brave

While we often try and wait for the ‘right time’, we miss the opportunity to make it so right now. Go on, be brave and contact us now.

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