Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts...program developed out of the research of Dr. Brené Brown

Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts...program developed out of the research of Dr. Brené Brown

Another leadership program? Really? Aren’t there enough floating around out there?

Yes, there are a lot.

But we need this one.  You need this one. Your team will thank you if you absorb this one.

Dare to Lead has a fresh emphasis that is lifegiving for leaders and followers alike. A breath of fresh air infusing the workplace with brave energy and creativity. Explanations and strategies around psychological safety that research demonstrates creates greater productivity with better outcomes.

Dare to Lead is humanizes leadership in a way our world craves.

Computers can calculate, expedite, accurately predict, manufacture, and give you meaningful (and meaningless) stats up the ying yang.

But computers don’t have heart. They will never have heart. And the more they do for us, the more we need to make the human contact remains to be profoundly human.

In the past, jobs were about muscles, now they are about brains, but in the future, they’ll be about the heart. Manouche Shapik, Director, London SChool of Economics

We will always need heart in the workplace

…to create meaning and passion, to encourage and validate, to challenge and probe…to inspire people towards success.

Brene Brown has developed:

There’s lots there for you to learn about this. I was talking to a business owner  yesterday and the concept of “Paint done” had already made huge changes in their workplace.

There are resources for your company to use this book to learn, discuss and grow together during staff meetings, board meetings, retreats, or team development sessions.

Carolyn Klassen is a certified Dare to Lead facilitaor, a book about brave leadership by Brené Brown. This is a screen shot of her profile on the certified dare to lead professionals page.For business teams who would like a facilitator to guide them through this process, call or email my office!  As a Certified Dare to Lead facilitator, I can work with your group to understand the concepts, engage with each other honestly and bravely to figure out your corporate culture, and then, equally as bravely, determine how to embed them in how you relate to each other. We can do it in several meetings over time to allow the principals to marinate with thoughtful time in between to determine how to apply your learnings, or gather together for an intense time of immersion. Let’s talk about what works for your team!

In very brief, Dare to Lead teaches Courage as a set of discrete skills that can be understood, learned, and then practiced:

Dare To Lead Courage Skill Sets

4 Skills

1.Rumbling with Vulnerability

Vulnerability is an essential part of courage.

Can you think of a single example of courage that you have seen, witnessed, or done that didn't required uncertainty risk and emotional exposure? I didn't think so. Vulnerability is required for courageous leadership. From Brené Brown's Courage to Lead book

Successful leadership and vulnerability have not often been considered as a pairing as natural as peanut butter’n’jelly or macaroni’n’cheese.

In fact, in some circles, vulnerability has been considered the antithesis of effective leadership. Leaders often make a huge effort to do whatever they can to shut down vulnerability.

If it worked to be a great leader without vulnerability, that would be great. Vulnerability is risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure.

What part of leadership doesn’t include risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure?

This can feel like an oxymoron. And it isn’t effective–in fact, it is downright destructive–if it isn’t well understood. So about half the effort of this book is to help a leader get vulnerability.

2. Living into our Values

Daring Leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.

-Brené Brown

Living into your values requires courage…but first, it means knowing your values.  Your personal values. Your corporate values.

Then professing those values…not with words, but with behaviour. And figuring out what behaviours operationalize those values is critical…and not automatically obvious.

Giving each other feedback about living out those values is also not easy…but can be informed by those values. Giving clear feedback is kind, unclear feedback is unkind.

3. Braving Trust

Trust in the workplace is essential for being brave. You need to know that someone’s got your back when you go into challenging territory

BRAVING trust is a handy acronym to break trust into practical elements, to better understand the reasons behind broken trust, or what elements to repair to rebuild trust:

Boundaries

Reliability

Accountability

Vault

Integrity

Nonjudgment

Generosity

4. Learning to Rise

Can you imagine learning to parachute after you are already falling from the plane?

Yeah…not so great.

The time to learn how to land from falling is: on the ground, while you’re calm and in a learning state. When you have time and energy and focus to know what to do when you are free-falling from the sky.

Many organizations only teach people to fall once they are already in free fall. Doesn’t go so well.

People need to learn to know how to land after a fall long before they get in a plane to jump.

There is a process for that. You can learn. You can teach your people to learn how to fall…so that they are ready to take the leap.


Dare to Lead is a book, it’s a course, it’s a book club, it’s a discussion starter, it’s a skill builder–it’s a chance to humanize your work culture to have people feel psychologically safe to have brave conversations, powerful collaboration, and effective teamwork to do what otherwise would be impossible.

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