I just love doing this work. It's practical no BS approach and real impact align with how I approach the rest of my work.

The rigour and professionalism of this programme are also expected of me as a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator.  I can do this work with you because I have done the work, and continue to do the work myself.  I am not an expert at the front of the room.  I am a skilled practitioner working alongside you, who understands that doing this work is messy, tough, and hugely rewarding.  My clients say it is life-changing, and I agree.  The experience of two of my clients was featured in Next Magazine's March 2020 issue, along with my own story about doing this work.  You can read it here.

The research behind this programme led to one very clear finding.  Courage is a collection of four skills sets that can be taught, observed and measured.  The four skill sets covered in the 24 hour Dare to Lead programme are:

1.    dealing with risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure

2.    living into our values

3.    understanding the anatomy of trust

4.    learning resilience.


These skills sets are the focus of the Dare to Lead™ Programme.


You can do this work with me in a number of ways.

  1. A Dare to Lead™ keynote session.

  2. A personalised coaching engagement.

  3. A workshop with leaders in your town or city.

  4. A workshop in your workplace.

  5. A mix of workshop and professional coaching.

  6. Sports specific workshops and development coaching

Workshops scheduled for 2020  


Dare to Lead

10-12 August 2020, Wellington New Zealand.  Click here for more information.



Dare to Lead in Sport

Boston MA  2020 TBC


In 2020, Mary Beth Robles - also a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator™ and I are collaborating to offer a limited number of New Zealand workplaces the opportunity to secure a Dare to Lead programme designed specifically for them.

The six-month programme combines the skills-building workshops with leadership coaching. This programme will suit organisations who are ready to learn and practice specific courage-building skill sets to address the behaviours and cultural issues that get in the way of their success.  


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 list.

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. Certified Dare to Lead Facilitators focus on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, training and coaching to help individuals, teams and organizations move from armoured leadership to daring leadership.


Certified facilitators are authorized to issue Dare to Lead Trained certificates to individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour training. In addition to receiving a certificate of completion, these individuals are allowed to put a Dare to Lead Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

Further information is available at

“The greatest barrier to courageous leadership is not fear—it’s how we respond to our fear. Our armour—the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that we use to protect ourselves when we aren’t willing and able to rumble with vulnerability—move us out of alignment with our values, corrode trust with our colleagues and teams, and prevent us from being our most courageous selves.”

Brené Brown.



Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable, observable, and measurable.

"The skill sets that make up courage are not new; they’ve been aspirational leadership skills for as long as there have been leaders. We just haven’t had the courage for real talk about courage. But it’s time. And if you want to call these “soft skills” after you’ve tried putting them into practice—go for it. I dare you. Until then, find a home for your armor, and I’ll see you in the arena."  Brené Brown


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