Course Description

Hours: 24 (18 class hours + 6 homework hours)

Dare to Lead™ 2.0 is the ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four courage skill sets that are 100% teachable, measurable, and observable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.

Join the more than 20,000 leaders who enhanced their leadership skills as Dare to Lead™ workshop alumni from Fortune 500 companies to public sector entities. This six-part series workshop is designed to teach the research-based skill sets of courage as the foundation to becoming a braver, more daring leader.

Based on the grounded theory research of Dr. Brené Brown, this Dare to Lead™ 2.0 course is a highly engaging and an interactive leadership workshop designed to deliver meaningful and sustainable outcomes. It will teach you the skills of courage and provide operationalized tools that can change how you lead and live.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 24-hour Dare to Lead™ 2.0 program will receive a certificate of completion and a Dare to Lead™ Trained badge on their LinkedIn account – an official designation from the Brené Brown Education and Research Group (BBEARG).

Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage building program for corporations and leaders created by Dr. Brené Brown, TED speaker, five-time New York Times best-selling author, and research professor at the University of Houston.

Brené has spent decades researching leadership and organizational cultures. One aspect of that research included interviewing 150 global C-level leaders on the future of leadership. When asked: “What, if anything, about the way people are leading today needs to change in order for leaders to be successful in a complex, rapidly changing environment where we’re faced with seemingly intractable challenges and an insatiable demand for innovation?” the response was resounding: “We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures.”
Dare to Lead™ makes this imperative accessible and achievable. It helps enable brave leadership by building practical skills in areas where most leaders and employees struggle—areas that deeply impact organizational health and profitability in the near- and long-term—including how to:

  • Have hard conversations
  • Hold themselves and others accountable
  • Give and receive tough, yet constructive feedback
  • Lead with empathy and connection
  • Take smart risks that lead to more innovation
  • Build trust
  • Build individual self-awareness
  • Build resilience and reset quickly after disappointments and setbacks

Learning Outcomes

The Dare to Lead™ curriculum trains leaders to build four proven skills of courage in observable, highly practical ways. It equips participants with language, tools, and exercises to put these four skills into immediate practice with the following skill-building and learning outcomes.

  1. Embracing Vulnerability: “Psychological safety,” defined as “team members feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable with one another,” was identified as the #1 factor in top- performing teams in this groundbreaking study by Google. Mastery of this foundational skill helps leaders and teams face risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure with courage and clarity. Success is defined as having the courage to show up, fully engage, and be seen when you can’t control the outcome.
  2. Living our Values: Identifying, operationalizing, and practicing our most important beliefs so they become reliable go-tos every day and particularly under stress, when we tend to fall out of alignment.
  3. Braving Trust: Creating/deepening connections in relationships and teams based on seven distinct elements. Trust is the glue that holds teams and organizations together.
  4. Learning to Rise: Mastering resilience to learn and grow from the failures, setbacks, and disappointments that are inevitable when we are brave with our lives.


A Dare to Lead workbook will be mailed to participants two weeks before the training begins. Please ensure your mailing address is correct upon registration. The cost of the workbook has been included in the registration fee. Once the workbook has been mailed to participants, the $40 workbook and shipping cost will be non-refundable. All other cancellation policies will apply.

Homework and Attendance

This is a 24 hour course: 18 class hours and six homework hours. There will be approximately one hour of homework required between each session. To receive the Dare to Lead Training certificate, you must attend all 18 hours of class time and complete all required homework.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

This course is not eligible for any discounts.

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This workshop is currently not available. The 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.
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