An empirically-based courage-building program.

Dare to Lead™

Dare to Lead™

Why Dare to Lead™?

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to engage leaders in real conversations about being brave and building courageous cultures. The most significant finding from Dr. Brown’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, observable, and measurable.

Why pLink Leadership?

We are passionate about this curriculum because it’s a true game-changer. In the words of one of our participants, “I finally have the ‘how’ to improve.”

Since its introduction in 2019, we have trained over 1600 people in Dare to Lead across a wide variety of industries that include banking, big tech, automobile, accounting, gas and oil, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, as well as in the military and education sectors. We are skilled in bringing the content to life through story and inquiry and are familiar with the experience of challenging beliefs and long-standing cultural norms inside of organizations and institutions.

Participants who complete the Certified Dare to Lead Trained program report:

  • An understanding of the importance of emotional literacy, emotional intelligence, and empathy, in general and specific to leadership effectiveness.
  • Improved willingness, and skill, to engage in difficult conversations.
  • Increased self-awareness, e.g., “who I am at my best,” “what triggers me,” “how my values influence the way I experience the world and how I am with other people.”
  • A lived experience of psychological safety and the high caliber discussions it facilitates.
  • Identification of blind spots (“things I didn’t realize were important for my direct reports”).
  • Tangible tools for building trust, and for understanding what happened and how to repair it when trust is broken.
  • Practice at turning self-reflection into useful change.

Dare to Lead™ is delivered in-person as well as virtually

2020 challenged us to design a virtual Dare to Lead experience that was just as powerful as the in-person program. We rose to the challenge and discovered some surprising benefits to the virtual experience – we are now proponents of both!

Dare to Lead is flexible – pricing and schedule depend on what you want to accomplish, over how much time, and how many people you want to impact.

Contact us so we can explore which format will best fit your needs and interest.

Introduction to
Dare to Lead

Keynote, ½ day, full day

Certified
Dare to Lead Trained

The full 24-hour curriculum in an Intensive (3 or 4-day format) or our flagship DTL Leadership Lab experience.

Individual
Dare to Lead

12 weekly 1-to-1 sessions

Open Enrollment
Dare to Lead

A twice-yearly special public offering from pLink Leadership.
Introduction to Dare to Lead
Keynote, ½ day, full day

Certified Dare to Lead Trained

The full 24-hour curriculum in an Intensive (3 or 4-day format) or our flagship DTL Leadership Lab experience.
Individual Dare to Lead
12 weekly 1-to-1 sessions

Open Enrollment Dare to Lead

A twice-yearly special public offering from pLink Leadership.

Dare to Lead™ Formats

  • Dare to Lead™ - 3 Day Format
  • Dare to Lead™ - 4 Day Format
  • Dare to Lead™ Leadership Lab
  • Dare to Lead™ Keynote
  • Dare to Lead™ Abridged Programs
  • Dare to Lead™ Individuals
  • Dare to Lead™ Open Enrollment - Spring and Fall

Results in: Certified Dare to Lead Trained* badge

Format: Virtual or in-person

Cadence: 3 consecutive days

Recommended Max Group size: 48 participants

Ideal Cohort size (virtual delivery only): 6 people

Led by: 1 pLink Certified DTL Facilitator for every 6 participants.

The full 24-hour curriculum is delivered over the course of three consecutive days, 8 hours of instruction each day. This is a challenging and highly rewarding immersive experience.

Participants will receive a hard copy of the DTL workbook. The virtual program includes a dedicated online learning resource site.

* Only Certified DTL Trained participants are eligible to become Daring Team Coordinators. Daring Teams is a 7-part series that equips coordinators with the training and learning designed to engage their organization in core Dare to Lead concepts.  

Integrity is choosing courage over comfort. Brené Brown

Results in: Certified Dare to Lead Trained* badge

Format: Virtual or in-person

Cadence: 4 consecutive days or two 2-day sessions one week apart

Recommended Max Group size: 48 participants

Ideal Cohort size (virtual delivery only): 6 people

Led by: 1 pLink Certified DTL Facilitator for every 6 participants.

The full 24-hour curriculum is delivered over the course of four days, with 6 hours of instruction each day with spacious breaks for integration. This is a challenging and highly rewarding immersive experience.

Participants will receive a hard copy of the DTL workbook. The virtual program includes a dedicated online learning resource site.

* Only Certified DTL Trained participants are eligible to become Daring Team Coordinators. Daring Teams is a 7-part series that equips coordinators with the training and learning designed to engage their organization in core Dare to Lead concepts.  

Who we are is how we lead. Brené Brown

Results in: Certified Dare to Lead Trained* badge and a tightly knit community of leaders bound by an extended shared experience.

Format: Virtual only

Cadence: One full instructional day plus one 90-minute Integration Session per month for 5 months. See DTL Leadership Lab Program Overview Graphic.

Recommended Max Group size: 12 participants

Ideal Cohort size (virtual delivery only): 6 people

Led by: 2 pLink Certified DTL Facilitators

One of pLink Leadership’s signature Leadership Labs, this experience engages a dedicated group of leaders in an extended learning experience that facilitates the learning and real-time application of daring leadership. Over the course of the program, participants will experience 24 hours of curriculum, engage in monthly group coaching sessions to explore application successes and challenges, and utilize a customized pLink Positive Nudge campaign to mobilize action. 

Participants will receive a hard copy of the DTL workbook and access to a dedicated online learning resource site.

* Only Certified DTL Trained participants are eligible to become Daring Team Coordinators. Daring Teams is a 7-part series that equips coordinators with the training and learning designed to engage their organization in core Dare to Lead concepts.    

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Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things. Brené Brown

Results in: An introduction to the foundations of Dare to Lead and the four courage-building skills of Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living into our Values, BRAVING Trust, and Learning to Rise.

Format: Virtual or in-person

Length: 90-120 minutes

Recommended Max Group size: Limited only by physical space or virtual platform

Ideal Cohort size (virtual delivery only): N/A

A fantastic way to introduce a group of people to the work of Dare to Lead and the concepts that are fundamentally changing the way people are leading.

An excellent opportunity to gauge your organization’s appetite for courage-building work and build buy-in through lived experience.

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Courage is contagious. Brené Brown

Results in: An introduction to the foundations of Dare to Lead through the Heart of Daring Leadership keynote and an exploration of selected key concepts.

Format: Virtual or in-person

Length: ½ day to full day

Recommended Max Group size: Varies

Ideal Cohort size (virtual delivery only): Varies

This DTL learning design is perfect for groups who want an introduction to Dare to Lead that goes beyond a keynote but is limited to one day.

We have delivered this program in-person as well as virtually, with coach-facilitated breakouts as well as self-facilitated discussion groups.

We will share our experience and design recommendations with you, and then work together to tailor the design best suited to your needs

Clear is kind. Brené Brown

Results in: Certified Dare to Lead Trained badge (optional)

Format: Virtual only

Cadence: 12 weekly sessions, 1 hour each, plus homework*.

For individuals who are ready to challenge themselves to be more authentically courageous leaders by building their tolerance for vulnerability, operationalizing their values into behaviors, increasing their trustworthiness and willingness to trust, and skilling up on the “how” of rising from setbacks.

Participants will receive a hard copy of the DTL workbook. The virtual program includes a dedicated online learning resource site.

*Optional – participants may earn the Certified Dare to Lead Trained badge by attending 12 hours of 1-to-1 coaching sessions and completing assigned homework to fulfill the full DTL curriculum requirement for certification.

When we have the courage to walk into our story and own it, we get to write the ending. Brené Brown

Results in: Certified Dare to Lead Trained* badge

Format: Virtual

Cadence: 4 consecutive days

Recommended Max Group size: 12 participants

Ideal Cohort size (virtual delivery only): 6 people

Led by: 1 pLink Certified DTL Facilitator for every 6 participants.

Twice a year, we offer Dare to Lead as an “open enrollment.” This creates access for individuals who are pursuing their developmental path and results in diverse and interesting cohorts of learners coming from all walks of life.

Our Open Enrollment is the full 24-hour curriculum delivered over the course of four days, 6 hours of instruction each day with spacious breaks for integration. This is a challenging and highly rewarding immersive experience.

Participants will receive a hard copy of the DTL workbook. The virtual program includes a dedicated online learning resource site.

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Empathy is connecting to the emotions that underpin an experience. Brené Brown

Frequently Asked Questions on Dare to Lead™

One of the incredible things about this curriculum and our skilled facilitators is that the content will meet you where you are. pLink Leadership has delivered Dare to Lead™ to profound effect with corporate executives, active-duty military and spouses, teachers, clergy, and nonprofit leaders. If you want to show up with more courage in your life and work, this course is for you.

Upon completing the full training, you will receive a Certified Dare to Lead Trained certificate and LinkedIn badge. While this course will not certify you to certify others you can use your personal experience and knowledge gained in class, as well as any of the publicly available content (see: https://daretolead.brenebrown.com). You are also able to become a Daring Teams Coordinator within your organization.

Available only to Certified Dare to Lead Trained graduates Daring Teams is a 7-part series designed to support leaders in rolling out the concepts of Dare to Lead to their organization.

Yes! Absolutely. Although this course will not certify you to certify others, the course will deepen your understanding and build skills around vulnerability, empathy, shame, values, trust, difficult conversations (a.k.a. rumbling), and resilience (a.k.a. learning to rise). You can use your personal experience and knowledge gained in class, as well as any of the publicly available content (see: https://daretolead.brenebrown.com), with your clients. Through the personal reflections and the engaging exercises, you will incorporate the content “in your bones” and be better able to model courageously authentic leadership for your clients.

Courage-building skills give you just what you’d expect—more courage. Here are 5 specific examples of the impacts pLink graduates reported after taking this course:

  1. success initiating difficult conversations they had avoided for years;
  2. showing up in a more connected and productive way as a parent and partner;
  3. gaining awareness around unproductive behaviors at work and committing to owning their part and changing their behavior;
  4. setting boundaries to build trust and avoid resentment; and
  5. a reduction in work-related stress due to the new concept of generous assumptions—one participant’s resting heart rate went from an average of 70 to 58 bpm!

We’ll be exploring the four courage-building practices that support daring leadership. You can learn more here: https://daretolead.brenebrown.com

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability: Facing risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure with courage and clarity.
  • Living into Our Values: Identifying, operationalizing, and practicing the beliefs that we hold most important.
  • BRAVING Trust: Creating or deepening connections in relationships and teams, based on the seven elements of trust.
  • Learning to Rise: Learning and growing from the failures, setbacks, and disappointments that are inevitable when we are brave with our lives.

The short answer is no. Technically, of course, you can leave; however, there are two reasons why we strongly encourage you to not do so:

  1. After completing the full curriculum, you will be certified as Dare to Lead™ Trained. We cannot certify anyone who misses portions of the curriculum.
  2. Due to the fact that the training builds upon itself, it is imperative for your own development and for the experience of your colleagues that you commit to attending the entire training without stepping out to take calls or attend meetings.

Prerequisite knowledge is not necessary for this course. That said, the material may land at a deeper level if you can expose yourself to some of the concepts in advance of the training. Repetition helps the brain file information into long-term memory. Here are some options:

In her own words: “RESEARCHER. STORYTELLER. TEXAN. I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’m the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. My most recent book was released in October 2018 and is the culmination of a seven-year study on the future of leadership.”

We are a team of executive coaches, design wizards, writers, editors, and ops people, who bring it all together to make others beyond better. We do the work we do because we believe that positive leaders are a multiplier effect and that by fusing the sciences of human nature with the discipline of leadership we can accelerate positive change in a big way.

We know from experience, that positive leadership is not rainbows and unicorns. It takes courageous curiosity, a high tolerance for vulnerability, self-awareness, perspective, and perseverance. Dare to Lead is the “how” of deliberately developing brave leaders and courageous cultures.

You can count on us to bring the curriculum to life with stories, to meet skepticism with curiosity, to create a safe space for some of the best leadership conversations you’ve had to date, and to provide a path for applying the concepts in your context.

We hold an Open Enrollment Dare to Lead twice a year. If you are interested in attending this course, but unavailable for the dates of the current course, please sign up to this list and click “Dare to Lead™ Workshop” under Interests, and we will keep you posted on the next course.

The short answer is yes, absolutely! Please contact us ahead of time so that we can help you to decide whether your experience would be best served as a dedicated cohort or interspersed with other participants. Erica@pLinkLeadership.com

Yes, absolutely! Please contact stacie@plinkleadership.com if you would like to discuss options and pricing for bringing this course to an internal group.

About logistical details or payment, please contact stacie@plinkleadership.com

About the course content, please contact erica@plinkleadership.com