Dare to Lead™

Leadership Development Training

GO DEEP. Develop your courage building skills.

Communicating with clear intention and kindness is the new leadership imperative.  Leaders must work to promote healthy and inclusive cultures through raising consciousness around the importance of courage in leadership. This promotes organizational excellence and safer work spaces, where we move from surviving to thriving. 

Join us for a 3-day Dare to Lead™ experience in Moncton, New Brunswick from September 13th-15th, 2023 OR Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 4th-6th, 2023.




What is Dare to Lead™?

We're so glad you asked based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program.

Having spent over two decades dedicated to studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completing a seven-year study on courageous leadership, Dr. Brené Brown’s research reveals that the ideal leader is someone who cultivates a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation.

Dare to Lead™ is your invitation to become a braver leader as you learn the four empirically proven skill sets of courageous leadership that are teachable, measurable, and observable:

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability: Facing risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure with courage and clarity.
  • Living into our Values: Identifying, operationalizing, and practicing the beliefs that we hold most important.
  • Braving Trust: Creating or deepening connections in relationships and teams based on the seven elements of trust.
  • Learning to Rise: Learning and growing from the failures, setbacks, and disappointments that are inevitable when we are brave with our lives.

When done right, these skills enable leaders to create safe spaces for teams to experiment with creativity and innovation, which in turn leads to increases in productivity and employee engagement.


The greatest barrier to courageous leadership is not fear — it’s how we respond to our fear. Our armour — the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that we use to protect ourselves when we aren’t willing and able to rumble with vulnerability — moves us out of alignment with our values, corrodes trust with our colleagues and teams, and prevents us from being our most courageous selves. You will learn the skills necessary for moving from armoured leadership to daring leadership.  Examples include:

Moving from...

...avoiding tough conversations
to straight talk and taking action.

...leading for compliance and control
to cultivating commitment and shared purpose.

...a culture of echo chambers and in/out groups
to cultivating a culture of belonging, inclusivity, and diverse perspectives.

...placing value on being a knower and being right
to valuing being a learner and getting it right.

...perfectionism and fear of failure
to modeling and encouraging striving for excellence, empathy, and self-compassion.


“We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures.”
~Dr. Brené Brown

True leadership isn’t about power over people; it is about power with people. Nor is leadership 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, put down the armour and lean into impactful leadership practices that cultivate connection and caring for our most important resource – people.

 What does this look like in action? It means:

•  Acting with power and purpose, rather than acting bogged down by mindless activity.

•  Moving from simply interacting to relating by caring about others. 

•  Focusing on the success of the team and department.

•  Looking for opportunities to solve problems and create value. 

•  Drawing on the power of shared values.

Our 3-Day Program Objectives:


This is an investment in you and your leadership. After completing this training, you will be equipped to bring back these courage building tools to your teams. Courageous leaders create brave, trusting, engaged cultures.

Over the course of the 3-days, you will learn how to:

•  Articulate the definition of a leader as someone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people or processes and has the courage to develop that potential.

•  Integrate the following four Daring Leadership skills into how your showing up as a leader: rumbling with vulnerability, living into our values, braving trust, and learning to rise.

•  Understand the role of courage and vulnerability in daring leadership.

•  Begin practicing how to ask for what you need, set boundaries, and reach out for support.

•  Recognize the importance of emotional literacy for effective communication and connection.

•  Recognize the armour that gets in the way of daring leadership.

•  Learn how values operate in our professional lives and the role they play in integrity and daring leadership.

•  Explain how trust is essential to building meaningful connection.

•  Learn the critical role that curiosity and recognition of emotion play in developing rising skills.

Well, this all sounds great, but who should attend?

Anyone pursuing wholehearted leadership in their organization, career, business, in their personal life, in their professional development, in a classroom, in an entrepreneurial adventure. When we pay attention to our individual journey around leadership; and cultivate the skills to become brave leaders, we can move forward from a place of bravery and courage and create powerful practices to support our individual and collective success. Whether you’re a new leader; or a seasoned leader - there is something in this work for you.

What will be covered?

Some of the topics we will dive into over the four days: The Heart of Daring Leadership, Rumbling with Vulnerability, Shame, Empathy, Grounded Confidence, Resilience, Creating Cultures of Giving and Receiving Feedback, Building Trust and Creating Psychological Safety at Work, Living into our Values, Learning to Rise and more. Here is a downloadable document if you need to share details with your organization and this perhaps as well.



About the Dare to Lead™ program:

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 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 Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher's Weekly list.

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 armoured leadership to daring leadership.

*Our facilitators can also prepare participants to become Dare to Lead Trained. Upon successful completion of the training and an exam, participants will receive a certificate recognizing their successful completion of the program and be able to take that certificate and upload a Dare to Lead Trained badge to their LinkedIn profile.

Further information is available at


What's Included?

Included in your investment for our Dare to Lead™ program is:

  • Beautifully designed Dare to Lead™ workbook to work through practical exercises
  • A certificate of completion and the opportunity receive a LinkedIn badge indicating you're Dare to Lead™ Trained
  • 2 coaching sessions with a Certified Executive Coach
  • An evening meet and greet at the venue the night before from 6pm-9pm to kick things off
  • A group hotel room rate (details will be shared once you sign up)
  • Nourishing refreshments and lunch each day

Moncton Location: Four Points by Sheraton, 40 Lady Ada Blvd., Moncton, NB

Halifax Location: Inn on the Lake, 3009 NS-2, Fall River, NS

What's My Investment?

$ 2,297 $1,997* (save $300)

*Fast Action Bonus: Register before August 20th and save $300 on your registration fee.

(We recommend you grab your spot soon as we have limited capacity for this training)

Tickets are non-refundable; however, we are happy to transfer your ticket to another person of your choice.




“I had the privilege of taking the Daring Greatly course facilitated by the talented, authentic, and engaging Patricia Auchnie.

This course was a most influential catalyst in igniting my leadership transformation. I learned that empowerment shows up as “owning our story and loving ourselves and that this process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”

In entering the Daring Way arena, I learned how to show up with courage, be seen and how to live with brave authenticity by embracing my vulnerability.

This course was immeasurably life changing in a professional capacity AND it was especially powerful on the personal- Learning to understand the elements of trust needed toward myself and with others has placed me on a trajectory I could not have imagined.

Gift yourself this honour. It will change your life in unimaginable ways.

- Heartfelt

Key team members of our organization recently embarked in a Dare to Lead program with Janna as part of an ongoing commitment to creating a culture of communication and leadership. We quickly realized that Janna possesses many amazing gifts and that our time with her would be productive and learnings from our journey applicable to every area of our life.  Not only is Janna a fantastic facilitator and listener, her approach during the Dare to Lead workshop was extremely engaging and authentic.  Learning to build a culture of courage, taking off the armour and learning to have tough conversation is not for the faint of heart.  For me, I am very grateful for Janna’s insights, guidance and thoughtful conversation throughout the Dare to Lead process.  My journey from armoured leadership to daring leadership was eye opening and I do feel that I am a better leader and person because of these teachings and my time spent with Janna.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” Brené Brown” ~

Claire Robichaud




“I recently participated in the Dare to Lead program facilitated by Janna. I signed up for the program as I’d moved into a senior role at our firm and I wanted to develop my professional leadership skills further; it ended up having a profound impact in all areas of my life. 


The self-awareness I have gained throughout the process, as well as the set of tools and techniques to practice in all aspects of my personal and professional relationships, will surely be takeaways that will not only benefit me, but countless others. 


It was a powerful experience being surrounded by a diverse group of leaders, there to explore both our vulnerabilities and our strengths together. The facilitators were able to create a safe and open space for all of us attending. They made the material relatable and guided us in a way that continues to inspire me to lead and live bravely.”


Jennifer Greene

As a woman in a leadership role, the learning and growth I have experienced from participation in the workshops with Patricia have been monumental. Patricia has guided me to develop a better understanding of the importance of self-reflection and making space to affirm my true self and the work I do. Honoring my journey, encouraging the process, learning to get curious with challenges, and realizing my strengths are some of the many aspects of focus I have gained during my time with Patricia.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ~Jan Gillespie, Educational Leader


Janna Hare, Certified Executive Coach, Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant  

Janna is a seasoned management and human resource management specialist and highly regarded Leadership Coach and Facilitator who partners with her clients to offer practical approaches and solutions to align business strategy to business results.

Janna’s ability to help translate the diverse experiences of her clients into tangible resources for personal and professional growth allows her to work effectively with individuals from varied backgrounds and professions. She has a track record of helping clients become effective communicators and change agents within their organizations.

Janna is committed to the growth and effectiveness of organizations, teams and individuals and to moving them toward their goals and successes. Janna’s approach to each client relationship is engaging, collaborative and results-oriented. As a certified executive coach, she leverages her finely tuned insight and ability to connect with clients to assist them in their development as leaders. She has guided the development of entrepreneurs and senior leaders, teams and organizations in the private, public and not-for-profits sectors.

Janna holds a BA (Honours) in Psychology, a B. ED and M. ED in Adult Education, all from the University of New Brunswick. In addition, Janna is a graduate of Royal Roads University as a Certified Executive Coach and an active member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) holding a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential. She is a licensed Coaching Out of the Box® facilitator and is certified to integrate powerful tools and curricula such as The Daring Way™, Dare to Lead™, Emotional and Social Competency Inventory™ (ESCI), The Leadership Circle Profile™ and The Leadership Circle Culture Survey™ in her client work. Janna is an engaged member of many community committees and boards.



Patricia Auchnie, Performance Consultant, Advisor, and Mentor 


Transformational change begins with one person's desire for better. Patricia partners with leaders and teams to operationalize that desire for better with proven methods for measurable results.

Patricia is a performance consultant, licensed healthcare practitioner focused on human behaviour, and has worked with people and organizations for over two decades. Taking a data driven systems approach, Patricia guides leaders and teams in taking a deep and wide exploration of their unique leadership story, evolution, and impact while illuminating pathways for expansion into future possibilities. 

Organizations will achieve their missions more effectively when armed with the tools of clear intention, purpose, and presence in leadership. Mindful leadership practices and organizational outcomes are inextricably connected and Canadian workplaces are calling for more mindful leaders who can adapt, elevate, and expedite critical improvements in culture, productivity, health, safety, and prosperity. Patricia understands that these changes to our Canadian workplaces begin with leaders who hold reverence for leadership and are committed learning new ways of connection to elevate us all. 

“A rising tide lifts all boats” 

Patricia is the founder of Nova Salutem inc. a values based consultancy firm calibrating leadership and organizations for excellence. The company's mission is to optimize organizational and leadership performance to set organizations apart in today's competitive environment of acquiring, nourishing, and retaining top tier talent. 

Patricia holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Clinical Social Work, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. Patricia also holds a certification with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor and is certified by The Daring Way™ to facilitate research into practice based in Dr. Brené Brown’s research. Patricia holds a Private Practitioner License with the NS College of Social Workers for the delivery of Psychotherapy for individuals who work in leadership or high profile public roles. Patricia enjoys volunteering on various community projects, surfing with her three children, snowboarding and living an active lifestyle with her partner Henry on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.