Dare to Lead Program: learn to be a courageous leader - Michelle Gibbings

Dare to Lead


Do you want to be a courageous leader and build a courageous team culture?

Michelle Gibbings is a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator based in Australia. The Dare to Lead program is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Dare to Lead is an empirically based courage-building program, which helps you, your leaders and your organisation create the capability needed to innovate, develop and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

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 ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving 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.

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


Certified facilitators are authorised to issue Dare to Lead Trained certificates to individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour training.

Michelle Gibbings and colleague, Julia van Graas, in San Antonio, Texas (USA) where they were certified by Brené Brown to deliver the Dare to Lead™ program.

Praise for Dare to Lead

“Great facilitators who presented high diversity material clearly, energetically and authentically. So many useful skills to take back to my workplace which I am confident will improve outcomes for myself and my team.”

Tabitha Healey, Consultant Physician, Mary Potter Hospice

“Dare to Lead was a fantastic opportunity to get a better insight into how to implement effective leadership and change within a team or organisation.”

Phoebe Wainer, Speech Language Pathologist, Gumboots Child Therapy Service

“Genuine, caring leaders presented the course. It was professional, well-pitched and practical.”

Michelle Simmonds, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Gumboots Child Therapy Service

“Highly recommend Dare to Lead. The course provides insights and practical tools for caring and courageous leadership.”

Dr Susan Entwisle, Asst. Vice President, Cognizant Digital Business

“Never really thought about vulnerability as a leader of people. I now head to the arena with vulnerability front of mind.”

Ross Gaudian, State Manager, MAX | A Tabcorp Company

“I wish I had these skills and knew about these techniques years ago!

Julia Wilkinson, Employee Communications Partner, Tabcorp

“Moving through the Dare to Lead process as a management group helped strengthen our understanding of each other’s lenses and how we can support each other to be courageous leaders and be kind to our teams.”

Vanessa Wolf, Gumboots Child Therapy Service

"This program is life changing. The content is powerful and is something every leader would benefit from on their journey to being a better leader and a better human."

Judy Greenslade, Group Head of People, Panthera Finance

"A wonderful opportunity to think about leadership and how we can all become better leaders."

Liza Allen, Dean, Dunmore Lang College

"Learning about the armour I am putting on and how that is inhibiting our conversations with my team is going to be so helpful in supporting them better."

Alex Miller, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia

"Great course for anyone looking to build their leadership kit out further. Recognising armoured leadership habits and how you can change them was my biggest take out to take back to my team."

Jo Sales, Rabobank

"Michelle and Julia have well executed the Dare to Lead™ program! The two days were well structured - worth taking the time out from the office. 'Learning to Rise' is something I shall practise everyday. Thank you!"

Reshma Gandhi, Senior Change Manager, Westpac

"The Dare to Lead™ program was exceptional. We were all engaged throughout the entire two days and are leaving with lots of tangible tools to take back to work. Thank you!"

Linda Murray, Speaker, Trainer and Executive Coach, Athena Leadership

"The course was very well structured and it really challenged my thinking on what it means to be vulnerable at work. I learnt the link between vulnerability and courage, what it means to be empathetic versus sympathetic and why being in the arena is what matters most."

Ama Aidoo-Sam, Strategic Procurement Manager, Canon Australia

"Michelle and Julia led an engaging two days and provided interesting  and practical tips on Brené Brown's learnings to take back to work. Great personal growth too."

Leanne Bridges, Manager, Community Engagement, Cycleways and Streetscapes, City of Sydney

"This is a must for everyone who considers themselves to be a leader. It will challenge you, but you will come out the other side more vulnerable, yet strong and better equipped for anything that comes your way."

Melissa Clohesy, Chief Financial Officer, Dunmore Lang College

"I really enjoyed this course. It provided me with an opportunity to explore some pretty raw emotions which I think will help me be a better leader."
Kelly Mitchell, Employee Experience Lead, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

"I was initially put off by the whole vulnerability and shame research this course was built on but getting through that I have found this training very insightful and thought provoking."

Tony Graham, Delivery Lead, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

"Courageous course - get ready to get deep in reflection and rumble with your vulnerability."

Emma Smith, Culture & People Partner, Woolworths

"Dare to Lead is a great way to build further self awareness as part of a journey to being a true leader."

Simon Vertullo, Operating Partner, Spiique

"This course has changed the way I think about leading people. Practical insights into how to think about and prepare for tough conversations."

Jarrod Harrington, Head of Technology – Delivery & Transformation, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

"Many insights about self which will go a long way for personal / professional development. It was an engaging and inspiring workshop."

Alison Aqulinia, Project Change Communications Consultant, Hesta

"It was a great course that immersed us into insights and well researched learnings. It is helpful to go deep with Brené Brown’s theory and to connect dots on how this may help me and my organisation evolve."

Tina Brunet, Service Designer – Employment, Vision Australia