Dare to Lead™


If ever there was a time that we need the skills to lead more effectively, it’s now.

In today’s rapidly evolving and emerging world of work, the need for elevated leadership skills is more critical than ever before. The Dare to Lead™ program stands out by offering meticulously researched and practical frameworks that can be promptly put into action.

These frameworks provide a unique opportunity for developing courage-building skills, which serve as the cornerstone of effective leadership. These skills go beyond mere adaptability; they empower leaders to skillfully navigate periods of change while also contributing to the establishment of resilient organizational cultures.

Given the unparalleled shifts taking place in the landscape of work, leaders are being tasked with a profound responsibility – mastering the art of guiding their teams through these transformations, alongside the inherent uncertainties and risks they bring.

As this demand intensifies, there arises an imperative for leaders to not only possess refined proficiency but also to exhibit exceptional mastery in fostering newfound courage and innovation within their teams.

“I have always wanted to improve the way I approach challenging conversations. I thought I needed to be emotionless to be professional. I have learned through the Dare to Lead™ program that having emotion and passion is part of my values and makes me who I am. Being a great leader is about living into my values. Always being curious about my feelings and thoughts and how they contribute to me being the best leader I can be for myself and the team.”

Megan Coulter
Manager, Health, Safety & Wellness,
Employee Relations
2nd Floor, RCMP Detachment

Dr. Brené Brown describes the

Four Skills Needed to Become a Courageous Leader

1. Rumbling with Vulnerability

Brown had assumed that the biggest barrier to courageous leadership would be fear, but the real barrier is how people armor themselves to deal with the fear. It is critical to understand that we all self-protect when we feel scared, defensive, or vulnerable.

2. Living into Your Values

Leaders constantly must do tough things, give hard feedback, put bold ideas into motion while being unsure of the outcome, and take many risks. Courageous leaders are able to do this consistently because they operate with a clear set of values and behaviors that line up with those values.

3. Braving Trust

It’s no secret that the highest performing teams are built on a foundation of trust. Building trust is a skill that can be taught and learned.

4. Learning to Rise

Learning to rise is the ability to re-set after an error or mistake. The ability to be resilient helps leaders learn from mistakes quickly, share those learnings, and continue to move forward in a positive way.

You will also learn how to effectively navigate the top 10 cultural challenges facing leaders and organizations today.

  1. We avoid tough conversations, including giving honest, productive feedback.
  2. Rather than spending a reasonable amount of time proactively acknowledging and addressing the fears and feelings that show up during change and upheaval, we spend an unreasonable amount of time managing problematic behaviours.
  3. Diminishing trust caused by a lack of connection and empathy.
  4. Not enough people are taking smart risks or creating and sharing bold ideas to meet changing demands and the insatiable need for innovation.
  5. We get stuck and defined by setbacks, disappointments, and failures, so instead of spending resources on clean-up to ensure that consumers, stakeholders, or internal processes are made whole, we are spending too much time and energy reassuring team members who are questioning their contribution and value.
  6. Too much shame and blame, not enough accountability and learning.
  7. People are opting out of vital conversations about diversity and inclusivity because they fear looking wrong, saying something wrong, or being wrong. Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trust and moves us away from meaningful and lasting change.
  8. When something goes wrong, individuals and teams are rushing into ineffective or unsustainable solutions rather than staying with problem identification and solving. When we fix the wrong thing for the wrong reason, the same problems continue to surface. It’s costly and demoralizing.
  9. Organizational values are gauzy and assessed in terms of aspirations rather than actual behaviours that can be taught, measured, and evaluated.
  10. Perfectionism and fear are keeping people from learning and growing.

Amanda Cundliffe“Dare to Lead was a thought-provoking leadership program that encouraged self-reflection and helped me develop valuable tools to be a braver and more courageous leader both professionally and personally. Leona did an amazing job facilitating this course in a virtual environment. She created a safe space where you felt comfortable sharing your experiences which lead to thoughtful conversations about challenging topics. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to add more tools to their leadership toolbox.

Thank you for this course. It was fantastic, and I’ll be recommending it to friends and co-workers going forward.”

Amanda Cundliffe
Human Resources Consultant

Start by taking your Dare to Lead™ leadership assessment.

The Daring Leadership Assessment will help you gauge your strengths and your opportunities for growth as a daring leader.

Individuals who successfully complete the full Dare to Lead™ program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put a Dare to Lead Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.


10 Week Program begins March 6, 2024

Dates: Wednesdays from March 6 – May 15, 2024

Time: 9:00 – 11:30 AM MT

Please note:

Every Wednesdays

  • March 6, 13, 20
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • May 1, 8, 15
2.5 hours each session

Location: ZOOM

Cost: $1097 for members, $1297 for non-members

Select the CPHR Alberta or General Public options for easy online payment.

  • Scholarships are available.
  • Qualifies for Alberta’s job grant program.
  • 10% OFF for teams of two or more people from the same organization.

Details or questions: leona@devillepartners.com