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Becoming a great leader or team member (or human being!) starts with a good hard look in the mirror.

Why do you think and act the way you do? What are your barriers to professional and personal growth? What are your values, and how can you embrace your authenticity?

Embrace the Suck.

Who we are is how we lead.

Cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armor is not necessary or rewarded

In teaching you the collection of four courage-building skills that are teachable, measurable, and observable, by the end of the three-day Dare to Lead™ course, you will be able to move from armored leadership to Daring Leadership!

Pliant Solutions offers private virtual and in-person classes in the Washington, DC Metro area (DC/MD/VA) and beyond. So, gather your team and Dare to Lead!

Who Should Attend?

  • Executives and Leaders of any size organization or work team
  • Individuals who want to develop team and leadership skills
  • Human Resource Directors
  • Industry leaders driving innovation and change
  • Any organization that wants to develop strong teams!

What Do I Get?

  • Dare to Lead™ course workbook
  • Dare to Lead™ certificate
  • Dare to Lead™ Trained badge for LinkedIn

(Note: This training does not certify participants to train others in this work.)

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Dare to Lead™ Topics Covered

The Heart of Daring Leadership – Define your personal call to courage as a leader. Demystify your fears and concerns. Build the skills needed to walk into the arena, try new behaviors, experience falls and failures, get back up, learn, and try again.

Rumbling with Vulnerability – Learn the myths of vulnerability, and define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Understand the role of courage and vulnerability in daring leadership.

Shame – Define shame and understand the physiology of it. Learn to recognize how shame, scarcity, and comparison show up in the workplace and how they affect engagement, trust, and connection.

Empathy – Understand the five attributes of empathy and common barriers to meaningful connection.

Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership – Develop an understanding of the behaviors that characterize daring leadership compared to armored leadership. Learn how to disassemble your armor.

Grounded Confidence and Rumbling Skills – Learn how curiosity and rumble skills can be practiced to develop grounded confidence.

Living Into Our Values – Learn how values operate in our professional lives and their role in integrity and daring leadership. Identify your core values and the behaviors that support these values so you can learn to recognize when you are acting from a place of integrity (or not).

BRAVING TrustClear is kind. Unclear is unkind. Explain how authenticity is cultivated by Living BIG: establishing boundaries, practicing integrity, and extending generosity. Learn how to use the BRAVING inventory to understand and discuss the elements of trust: Boundaries, Reliability, Accountability, Value, Integrity, Non-judgment, and Generosity.

Learning to Rise – Discuss how the brain is wired for stories, how this influences the development of stories that are not true, and how these stories can affect our behavior. Recognize common strategies for offloading hurt, and learn more effective behaviors for managing emotion.

Reckoning with Emotion – Explain how writing down the story we make up (SFD) helps make meaning of our experiences. Understand how rumbling with anxiety, grief, and forgiveness are relevant to the Rising Strong process.

The Revolution – Determine how to integrate key learnings from this course into your professional life.


All are welcome to attend the course, regardless of experience. Reading Brené Brown's books in advance of the course is highly recommended:

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About your Dare to Lead Facilitator

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Darren Hoevel is an accomplished Leadership and Enterprise Agile Coach. He enjoys helping organizations, teams, and individuals to do the hard work to reach their full potential. Darren regularly gives leadership and agile training to both public and private sector clients of all sizes, and he frequently speaks at conferences and Meetups throughout the year.

About the Dare to Lead Program

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.

Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists.

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

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After receiving feedback from DTL trainers and thousands of participants, Brené Brown and her team revised the Dare to Lead™ course. The new format provides 24 hours of instruction and includes participant pre-work for a better, more in-depth learning experience.


We’ll go where you need us! Please contact us about scheduling an in-person or virtual private course.