Dare to Lead - Michelle Gibbings

Dare to Lead

** The 2024 PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT **

Dates for the 2025 program will be available soon.

2024 Course Details

Book and pay before midnight, Thursday, 29 August and only pay $2,564 ex GST. Use code earlybird-daretolead2024.

This program runs over one month in a small group setting:

  • Week One: session one is your introduction to the Dare to Lead™ program (Thursday, 12 September) 9.30am – 11.30am, AEST, held virtually
  • Week Two: sessions two and three cover the core modules of the program (Wednesday, 18 September and Thursday, 19 September) both days from 8.30am – 5.00pm, AEST, held face to face in Melbourne
  • Week Three: session four covers the next elements of the program (Thursday, 26 September) 9.30am – 12.30pm, AEST, held virtually
  • Week Four: session five focuses on discussion, embedding the learnings and practice (Thursday, 3 October) 9.30am – 12.30pm, AEST, held virtually

Discounts are available for group bookings. Please reach out to support@michellegibbings.com to discuss this.

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** The 2024 PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT **

Dates for the 2025 program will be available soon.

Why Dare To Lead™

In an increasingly complex and ever-changing world, we need braver leaders and team members. People who dare to step up, lead change and drive good outcomes.

Based on the work of Dr Brené Brown, this three-day program is your chance to equip you and your team with the skills they need to excel in today’s world.

New expanded curriculum, rolled out over four weeks starting 12 September 2024

Is this course for you?
Do you want to:

  • Be a braver leader?
  • Build a courageous and resilient culture?
  • Create an environment that supports innovation, creativity and change?
  • Accelerate your and your team’s development and performance?

If you want to lead and work authentically, ethically, and inclusively, this program is for you. Now’s your opportunity to embrace the steps towards being a braver and more courageous leader.

Benefits of the course
This workshop is highly interactive and experiential, ensuring you walk away from the sessions inspired and equipped to think and act differently.

You will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what being a daring and courageous leader means for you
  • Uncover the opportunities to be a more courageous leader and set identifiable goals for your leadership growth
  • Explore why vulnerability (uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure) is the foundation skill set for courage
  • Recognise that vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the behaviours that define daring leadership, including creativity, accountability, and
    having difficult conversations
  • Investigate how armour – not fear – is the greatest obstacle to daring leadership and what you need to do to
  • Understand the critical role that self-awareness, compassion and empathy play in courageous leadership
  • Learn how to integrate your values into your everyday life better
  • Discover how courage is a collection of four skill sets that are measurable, observable, and teachable
  • Learn how to use each of the four skill sets effectively: rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, BRAVING trust, and learning to rise

Course participants receive:

  • Three days of training (rolled out over four weeks) – packed with activities, case studies, latest ideas and research, and practical tools you can apply at work and in your personal life
  • Dare to Lead™ official workbook only available from your Certified Dare To Lead™ Facilitator
  • Brené Brown’s best-selling book, Dare to Lead
  • Pre-Program Leadership Assessment – measuring your courage skills
  • Pre-Program Daring versus Armoured Leadership Assessment – measuring the cultural norms of the group as it relates to armoured leadership behaviours and daring leadership skills (organisational teams only)
  • Pre-Program Team Trust Assessment – measuring the level of trust and areas for focus (organisational teams only)
  • Brené Brown videos – created exclusively for the Dare To Lead™ program
  • After completing the training, receive your Dare to Lead™ Participant Trained Certificate and your digital LinkedIn credential
  • Ideas on how to embed your learnings at work
  • Access to ongoing material and learning ideas after the session

Dare to Lead 2023

A snapshot of the Dare to Lead program

Brene and MichelleThere are three bonuses for participants in the September program.

Post the event, receive exclusive access to a virtual, 2-hour Integration and Connection session. This session is an opportunity to connect with other Dare to Lead™ participants, discuss learnings and challenges, and embed learnings. Valued at $750.

A free copy of each of Michelle’s books, along with supporting guides and supplements. Valued at $350.

Special access to a 130-page book – Finding Your Edge – The Ultimate Guide to Unlocking Your Potential at Work (and in Life). Valued at $200.

2024 Course Details

Book and pay before midnight, Thursday, 29 August and only pay $2,564 ex GST. Use code earlybird-daretolead2024.

This program runs over one month in a small group setting:

  • Week One: session one is your introduction to the Dare to Lead™ program (Thursday, 12 September) 9.30am – 11.30am, AEST, held virtually
  • Week Two: sessions two and three cover the core modules of the program (Wednesday, 18 September and Thursday, 19 September) both days from 8.30am – 5.00pm, AEST, held face to face in Melbourne
  • Week Three: session four covers the next elements of the program (Thursday, 26 September) 9.30am – 12.30pm, AEST, held virtually
  • Week Four: session five focuses on discussion, embedding the learnings and practice (Thursday, 3 October) 9.30am – 12.30pm, AEST, held virtually

Your Facilitator
Michelle is a certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator, the author of three books and welcomed on stages globally. With demands on leadership increasing,  Michelle partners with teams and organisations globally to help them get back control and be equipped with the personal insights and practical tools to step ahead, step up and leap into their brilliant future.






“After reading the Dare to Lead book and being a long time Brené Brown fan, when the opportunity to do this course with Michelle came up I knew it would be fantastic and worth the commitment. Michelle is a great facilitator, sharing lots of relevant and personal examples and holding the group with empathy and care.

While most of my fellow participants were in roles and able to apply learnings to real life work experiences, for me, currently transitioning into a new career, I found the course equally valuable. Dare to Lead and Michelle helped me decide what ‘arena’ I want to be in, what type of leader I want to be, and what values are most important to me now. The program was a powerful experience to help with my career change. Thanks Michelle for the experience and for sharing your expertise.”

Kirsty, former corporate leader, currently changing direction

“Michelle is an inspiring facilitator of the Dare to Lead course. She has an incredible depth of knowledge and wealth of practical experience in this area bringing Brene Brown’s material to life in an engaging, warm and practical way. Michelle paces the course content well and structuring it over a number of weeks allows time to reflect and put some of the learning into practice. The 2 days face to face in Melbourne were a highlight. This course has been valuable to me in both my professional and personal life. I have definitely changed the way I think and act, both in my leadership role at work and in my personal relationships.”

Dr Jenny Parer, Medical Director, Gunnebah Addiction Retreat

“Michelle is an excellent facilitator for Dare to Lead. She has widely researched the subject matter and distilled the material into a practical narrative which will easily resonate. Her program provides a suitable balance between her presenting the primary content, open discussion among the whole group and exploring / unpacking the concepts in smaller groups. She candidly shares many useful examples of how she now uses the relevant tools, techniques and processes in both her work and life outside work, and, in the spirit of “keeping it real”, reflects on how she might have approached things differently in some of her previous “face down” moments.

The authenticity, good humour and energy that Michelle brought to the table helped foster a very cohesive and comfortable space where all could embrace the opportunity to constructively engage, reflect, learn and grow.

This was a worthwhile experience which I would recommend to anyone who wants to build and maintain healthier relationships in any environment.”

Pip, Lawyer

“Dare To Lead provided me with the ability to re-evaluate my career and leadership qualities and be much more educated and in tune with how I react when it comes to being put under pressure or dealing with different stakeholders. I feel more empowered as a leader and have more ability to help others feel empowered also. The course has also enabled me to reflect on my values, the value in the connections I have and feel more courageous even if it feels uncomfortable. Michelle delivers the program with energy, flair, honesty, real life experience and sincerity. She takes a genuine interest in the participants and delivers the learnings in a way that makes you reflect on the course and learnings far more than you could have ever expected.”

Alexandra Hoskins, Principal, Senet

“I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend Michelle’s Dare to Lead course to everyone. Michelle has a warm and engaging style and weaves her own years of skill building and experience into the research of Brene Brown. There’s lots of time for discussion and extending our learning during the course, and Michelle generously shares her knowledge with me in an ongoing way via her website: The Weekly Edition. Thanks Michelle!”

Maria Orr, Senior Programs Manager, Anglicare

“I have been looking at doing the Dare to Lead course for a while now, however I wanted to ensure that it was with the right facilitator. The time I spent with Michelle Gibbings was simply priceless. Run in a small group with other like minded individuals, it was wonderful to go through rumbling with vulnerability, how we amour ourselves, being in the arena, sharing our experiences and working together. I loved how Michelle bought her own experience and lens to the session which added to the already rich program. We have had several further connections and check ins post the course being completed. I would highly recommend Michelle as a facilitator and coach.”

Sadhana Smiles, CEO, Real Estate Industry Partners

“Thought provoking yet practical – I found Michelle’s Dare to Lead program extremely thought-provoking, with practical tools provided to encourage changing your leadership approach for the better, for good. One great facet of the learning was the in-person sessions with fellow participants – a bunch of seriously talented leaders with growth mindsets – all who were happy to share their insights, challenge their own leadership style and candidly workshop new styles of leading. The final part of the winning formula was the integration plan – a practical plan to ensure the tools provided as part of daring to lead are applied in real life.”

Felicia B (Financial Services)

“Michelle gave us the tools for real world applications that are critical to living into our values both personally and professionally. I am walking out of the course feeling empowered to have tough conversations and step into the arena.”

Alyssa Brown, Head of Content, Easy Weddings

“Great content from an inspiring leader. Michelle’s delivery and she is exemplary. It challenges the heart and mind. Very fulfilling.”

Justin Dickinson, Production Manager, Hardchrome Engineering Pty Ltd

“Michelle is a wonderful facilitator – she is knowledgeable, engaging and incredibly relatable. The Dare to Lead™ program challenges you to do better, to be better and provides you with the tools to achieve your challenge of being a daring leader.”

Kate Appledore, Program Lead – Enterprise Quality and Risk, Western Victoria Primary Health Network

“Meaningful and valuable content that Michelle skillfully and clearly shared with practical examples. Thoroughly recommend Michelle’s Dare to Lead™ program. Well worth the trip to Melbourne to attend face to face.”

Narelle Dempster, Risk & Due Diligence Lead, The Fred Hollows Foundation

“Michelle draws on and shares her own experiences which really helps bring the material to life.”

Nick Codling, Commercial Advisor, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

“The course was well worth attending. It was extremely valuable in providing tools to work through the day to day encounters we have with our peers and stakeholders in building trust, developing and maintaining relationships and becoming more self-aware in order to lead people and bring out the best in those we influence.”

Sarah Cass, Group Risk Assurance Manager, Australian Super

“Michelle is an amazing facilitator who leads and guides the group through the content bringing her own authentic and real life examples from her prior experiences and brings the content to life. The Dare to Lead™ program far exceeded my expectations”.

Tamsin Beale, Senior Corporate Marketing Consultant, UniSuper

“Michelle is always enthusiastic, knowledgeable and real. Her experience shows. Her authenticity brings Brene Brown’s work to life in an Australian context.”

Tracy McGowan, Associate Director, Regulatory Controls, National Australia Bank

“The Dare to Lead™ program will definitely change the way you think about leadership. Makes you understand what is required to be a daring leader”.

Ven Ramanan, Client Services Manager, Easy Weddings

“Great course, enjoyed Michelle’s practical application/experiences in applying the tools and concepts.”

Phil Tudor, University of Melbourne

“Brené’s work is very powerful and this course allows the participant to understand better in a practical, fun way.”

Antigoni Likoudis, Project Manager: External Funds, AMP Capital

“None of us show up and work or with family and friends in a wholehearted and open way without first understanding our shame triggers and how to be resilient and self aware. This course will help you achieve this. Really important work.”

Brit Ibanz, Hamilton Locke

“Brought the Brené Brown materials to life with relevant examples and stories. Food for thought and will change the way read and live. Great relevant concepts that can be practically applied.”

Joanna Hands, Spiique Leader, Spiique

“The course was truely inspiring in altering the way I believe leaders should act and interact with others. I walked away with great context and an abundance of skills to learn/implement as part of my position at work.”

Kimberly Howcroft, Manager Business Advisory Services at Camphin Boston

“I attended the Dare to Lead™ program and found this program has genuinely changed how I will show up to work and provided me with the space I needed to further explore the importance of self awareness, to my role as a leader.”

Miranda Burnett, Principal at Sandpit Innovation

“This was truely a wonderful experience over the past few days. We are so busy living our lives that sometimes we don’t look into what makes us tick and how we deal with those emotions. I learned to lead myself before I lead others in a non-judgmental environment.”

Shiv Reddy, Panthera Finance

“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

“A good opportunity to step off the ferris wheel, learn some self-awareness and skills to take back into the workforce.”

Christine Beach, Human Resources Manager, South Waikato District Council, New Zealand

“Learning how to identify areas where I can improve my leadership skills to better engage with my team and the shields I unknowingly put up that is impeding this and how to overcome them.”

Lee Mariu, Infrastructure Design Lead, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

“An inspirational course that teaches us how our armour holds us back from being great leaders.”

Shon Bester, Delivery Manager, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd

“This was great time to reflect on my feelings, behaviour and values and understand how they affect my work and home life. Michelle and Julia did a great job of facilitating this process by also injecting some real work experiences.”

John Ginerva, Team Leader – Shared Data Services, 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

“Very interesting content that provides you with practical tools to take back into your workplace that will drive staff engagement and fulfillment.”

Kynan West, Partner, MiFi

“Michelle and Julia are great facilitators of the content.”

Campbell King, Partner, MiFi

“I have led organisations through radical transformation in the face of adversity while under intense scrutiny. I wish I knew then what I know now. This course is essential for leaders who want to make a difference.”

David Hewish, Co-founder, Spiique