“Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential.

Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.

The world is desperate for braver leaders.

It’s time for all of us to step up.” – Brené Brown


About Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown 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.  Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead.

Brené hosts the Unlocking Us Podcast and the Dare to Lead Podcast. Her TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix, The Call to Courage.


About the Dare to Lead™ program

Based on Brené Brown’s research, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage building program designed to be facilitated by organisational development professionals.

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 skills to help individuals, teams, and organisations move from armoured leadership to daring leadership.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 24-hour Dare to Lead™ program can add the official Dare to Lead™ trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

Individuals can also undertake an evidence-based Daring Leadership Assessment developed by the Brené Brown Education and Research Group (BBEARG). This benchmarks their courage building skills and daring leadership strengths. Intact teams can also receive their collective scores and measure the cultural norms of the group, including levels of trust.

About Julie Loveny

Delivered by Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator (CDTLF), Julie Loveny, who is a lecturer at the University of Western Australia and an organisational consultant.

With a passion for people and potential, she is a facilitator and educator with a background in social work and a special interest in leadership and thriving workplaces.

Julie has been trained by Brené Brown and her team and is amongst only a few in Australia certified to deliver Dare to Lead™.






The landscape of the higher education environment is changing, with an increased focus on how to cultivate courageous cultures that prepare academic staff to navigate change and leaders to drive performance results. We invited Julie Loveny to facilitate a 3 day Dare to Lead™ course in February 2020 with our leadership team at Monash University. Grounded in empirical research and delivered in a warm, engaging, and wholehearted way, Julie created a safe space to work toward sustainable changes. We explored how daring (compared to armoured) leadership works and were challenged to identify and disarm toxic cultural workplace patterns, including strategies to develop shame resilience. Julie’s skilful facilitation encouraged us to engage with difficult emotions and promote honest conversations around our personal and professional organizational values, including how to authentically align authority with responsibility. The cultural change since the Dare to Lead™ course has already showed up through more connected, confident, engaged and resilient teams that are bravely leading a thriving Monash School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Associate Professor, Monash University


Julie created a wonderful space and the opportunities for our team to have some really insightful discussions regarding leadership. We now have a common language to help us on our leadership journey. It also touched all of us in a very personal way too, cementing the connection between who we are and how we lead.

National Children’s Organisation


My team were lucky enough to be able to attend a Dare to Lead™ workshop. Members of my team who are usually very reserved stepped into the arena and embraced the philosophy of Dare to Lead.  After the workshop members of my team have followed through, opening up with difficult conversations and are mindful that they maybe ‘telling themselves a story’ and put strategies in place when they recognised it.  As a facilitator Julie did a fantastic job and bought the best out of the team. I highly recommend this workshop to others.

Academic Services Team Leader


I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea what I was walking into. I heard of Brené Brown but hadn’t read the books. Julie made this experience feel attainable, relevant and tangible from the first moment. It is not easy to create a sense of safety when sitting in what we often perceive as ‘darkness’ – shame, guilt, forgiveness, sadness – but it felt more than bearable – it felt like growth immediately. Thank you. 

Service Leader, Not For Profit


If you are interesting in talking with us about this courage building program for your organisation, we would love to hear from you.