pLink Leadership

Dare to Lead™ Workshop

Join pLink Leadership for this interactive workshop based upon the research of Dr. Brené Brown and designed to build courageous cultures and engaged workplaces… in a big way.

Program Description

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 teachableobservable, and measurable.

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Living into Our Values
  • BRAVING Trust
  • Learning to Rise

This course is an opportunity to learn and practice these skills with a community of others devoted to changing the world of work. This virtual offering is a highly interactive class with full group discussions, silent reflections, active exercises, small group discussions, and videos.


Full 4-day program includes:

  • Official Dare to Lead™ Workbook, fillable pdf
  • “Dare to Lead™ Trained” certificate and digital LinkedIn credential.*

*This course does not render you a “Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.” Upon completion, you will be “Dare to Lead™ Trained” and prepared to apply the content at work, with colleagues, and with clients, but not authorized to certify others.

**Contact for information about scholarships and multi-participant registration discounts.



Although the Dare to Lead training was released in 2019, pLink Leadership has been bringing Dr. Brené Brown’s work to organizations since 2014 alongside our original content. pLink Leadership Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitators also actively work as one-on-one executive leadership coaches, bringing a depth of experience to support leaders as they apply these concepts in their daily lives. Our team is able to bring the curriculum to life through story and inquiry, placing this rich curriculum in your hands so that you can readily take your learnings out into the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

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, and nonprofit leaders. If you want to show up with more courage in your life and work, this course is for you.

Yes! We are pleased to offer private breakout rooms for your intact team. You will be introduced to each new concept in the large group alongside the other public participants. Following the general discussion, the class will be divided into 6-8 person facilitated breakout discussions or unfacilitated paired breakouts for a deeper discussion. Organizations have the option to reserve a private breakout room for their teams. This option allows intact teams to privately work through unique cultural elements and commit to action steps moving forward. Roughly half of the class time is facilitated in these small group discussions. If you are interested to learn more or to sign up your team, please reach out to Stacie Kenton at

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:, 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 unarmored, courageous leadership for your clients.

This class will be delivered via the Zoom platform. pLink Leadership has been designing and delivering virtual Zoom training for years. You are in good hands. Even with the virtual medium, you can still expect a highly interactive class, with group discussions, silent reflections, active exercises, small-group discussions, and videos. With an online format, you can expect a much smaller instructor-to-student ratio and more individual attention. Participants will be assigned to cohorts and remain in these small groups for the duration of the class. The content can feel quite intense at times, so we strongly recommend clearing your calendar as much as possible, to include breaks and evenings. We promise the time you take for your own personal development will benefit those around you in the long run, even if they have to cover your work or your childcare commitments in the short term.

Courage-building skills give you just what you’d expect—more courage. Here are 5 specific examples of the impacts pLink Leadership 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:

  • 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 firmly block the training dates and times on your calendar:

  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.

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.

No other public cohort dates are scheduled at this time. If you are interested in attending this course, but unavailable during the dates offered, please sign up to this list and click “Dare to Lead Workshop” under Interests, and we will keep you posted on future offerings.

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

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