Dare to Lead™

Internationally recognised leadership training program design by Dr Bené Brown and facilitated by Michelle Holland of SynergyIQ

I have studied leadership and worked in leadership and culture development for the past 20+ years. I’ve read the books, I’ve done the courses, and I can honestly say that nothing has changed me and my style more than when I first did Dare to Lead™ with Brené. The work is deep and when taken into your bones and applied in practice is truly life changing for you and the people you work with.

Michelle Holland

Author, Facilitator, Coach, Entrepreneur

Current Programs for 2020

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In the balmy city of San Antonio Texas early 2019, Michelle Holland became a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator live and in person with Dr Brené Brown.

Adding to her research of the last 20 years, Brené studied how to apply her unique personal development formula into workplace. She discovered a method of helping leaders to become courageous.

This is a leadership from the inside out program, it’s not like any leadership program you’ve attended before, and you will walk away changed or on the journey towards change.

Prepare to learn the skills of DARING leaders, those that truly step in and lean in to leadership, and uncover the barriers you are carrying that stop you from being full self-actualised and courageous.

Michelle is a specialist in business Culture Transformation and Self-Actualised Leadership and therefore brings the Dare to Lead program to life by showing you how to apply the 4 courage building skill sets to improve your leadership style, and your team and organisation culture, and as a bonus… improve your life.

Embed this program into your current in house leadership program to get more out of your training. This program is a primer course for any other program. The others may teach some skills, but do your leaders have the courage to put them into practice?

Look below for more information about the program, and you can book into the various public programs below and get in touch to discuss how we deliver this program for intact teams and organisations.




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This program is a primer course for any other program. The others may teach some skills, but do your leaders have the courage to put them into practice?

  • 45-120 Minute Preview
  • 2 Day Workshop
  • 5 Half Day Workshops
  • MasterClass Series (8X 2-hour sessions)
  • Embed into your in house leadership program

Contact us for a no obligation free discussion about Dare to Lead.

Embed this program into your current in house leadership program to get more out of your training.

Download a PDF Flyer – About the Dare to Lead™ Program here.

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 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, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

Further information about Brené and her research is available at daretolead.brenebrown.com

Dare to Lead™ certified training is proudly presented by SynergyIQ

Your facilitator:

Michelle’s dream is to create workplaces where people are valued and feel safe, and organisations that are great places to work and do business.

Leveraging her interest in people and organisational development, she traded in her accounting career to pursue her undergraduate and graduate degrees in human behaviour, organisational development and ethics.

In 2013, after holding a range of positions in human resources and senior management, Michelle founded SynergyIQ a management consultancy. Michelle now runs SynergyIQ with her two business partners, and a team of amazing consulting and change professionals specialising in leadership, culture, and change.

Michelle’s professional associations and accreditations include the Australian Human Resource Institute (CAHRI), Human Synergystics (OCI/OEI/LSI), the Leaders Institute of South Australia (GLF2013) and is a Certified DARE TO LEAD™ Facilitator.

Michelle is the author of “Energy Vampires Suck” – vol1&2, and the international bestseller “Culture Inc: create a business that delivers results and people love”.

Overview of full program:

  • Explore Courageous Leadership
  • The barriers to courage and the armour you wear at work
  • Stepping into the Arena without your armour
  • Own your vulnerability with pride
  • Emotional Literacy (including shame, empathy and grief)
  • Bringing values to life (personal and company)
  • Improve Trust and Relationships at work
  • Giving and receiving feedback that is meaningful and improves performance 
  • Rising strong after failure
  • Creating work environments that inspires, lifts and improves productivity and effectiveness

Learning objections include:

  • Learn the four courage building skill sets
  • Learn how shame, scarcity, grief and comparison show up at work
  • Understand the behaviours of Armoured Leaders as compared to Daring Leaders
  • Learn how values operate in our professional lives and the role they play in integrity and daring leadership.
  • Learn the daring leadership skills that help guide tough conversations including giving and receiving feedback.
  • Discuss how the brain is wired for creating stories, and how these stories can affect our behavior.
  • Learn how to build trust in workplaces and relationships.
  • Integrating key learnings in professional (and personal) life.

Current Public Programs:

We use Humanitix because by booking an event through Humanitix your booking fee supports Indigenous Scholarships.

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