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Developing Brave Leaders
and Courageous Cultures

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is the ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% observable, measurable and teachable. It is the learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts.


The goal of Dare to Lead™ is to share everything we’ve learned about “taking off the armor” and showing up as leaders in a skills-based and actionable playbook. Here are a few of the big ideas that emerged from the research:

  • The foundational skill set of courage building is “rumbling with vulnerability”. Once we have built these rumbling skills, we can move onto 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.

  • The greatest barrier to courageous leadership is not fear – it’s how we respond to our fear. Our armor – the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that we use to protect ourselves and our hearts when we aren't willing and able to rumble with vulnerability – move us out of alignment with our values, corrode trust with our colleagues, teams and loved ones and prevent us from being our most courageous selves.


  • To scale daring leadership and build courage in leaders, teams and organizations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations and whole hearts are the expectation, and armor is not necessary or rewarded. We have to be vigilant about creating a culture where people feel safe, heard, seen, understood, respected and where they can give and receive without judgment.

The skill sets that make up courage are not new; they've been aspirational leadership skills for as long as there have been leaders.

We just haven’t had the courage for real talk about courage.

Dare to Lead _ Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard thing

Why Dare to Lead?


Norela Harrington,
Founder of Bent River Machine Inc. 

Michele, with her insight and ability to listen and question some of your deeply held beliefs
offers clear direction signs toward your true self and the authentic leadership that is buried within
you. Her wisdom, insight, and ability to frame your strengths in a way that you can see them,
provides an environment for growth and much deeper self-awareness.


Casey Palmer,
Associate Director of HR Transformation

I have always enjoyed the Dare to Lead work, but going through the workshop with Michele really opened up my eyes to a new reality of self. If I did not have her steady hand guiding me through some of the harder sections of this work, I do not think I would have grown into who I am now as a leader.

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Dare to Lead Program

Dare to Lead™ Workshop includes:

  • 24-30 hours of Hands-on, facilitated Dare to Lead™ full curriculum, including:

    • Individual exercises and reflection for 6-10 individuals

    • Small and large group exercises and discussion

    • Videos featuring Dr. Brené Brown

  • Personalized Individual Coaching with ICF Credentialed PCC, Michele Norris

  • 3 sessions to explore and navigate your personal Call to Courage and potential armor and barriers which could be in your way.

Materials for Each Attendee:

  • Participant Dare to Lead™ Online Workbook

  • Participant Dare to Lead™ Trained Certificate and Online LinkedIn badge*

  • End-of workshop online evaluation for Brené Brown Education & Research

  • Group (takes approximately 5 minutes)

  • Requirement to Read Dare to Lead prior to workshop

  • Facilitator Preference to read The Gifts of Imperfection prior to the workshop

*Being Dare to Lead™ Trained means you are personally familiar with the skills and tools for use in your own work situations and relationships. Those who are Dare to Lead™ Trained are not authorizes to teach and facilitate this work to others and are not considered Certified.


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