Dare to Lead™

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 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 lists.

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 courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour 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.

Further information is available at daretolead.brenebrown.com

The Details


  • The Dare to Lead™ Training is a series of workshops focusing on developing courage-building skills and helping leaders, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.
  • Dare to Lead™ combines videos, in-person facilitation, and exercises.
  • 16 Hours of training that can be divided and taught consecutively or spread out over several weeks.
  • Upon completion of training, participants receive a Dare to Lead™ Trained certificate and a badge for LinkedIn.

Full Workshop Outline (16-hour program)

  1. The Heart of Daring Leadership
  2. Rumbling with Vulnerability
  3. Shame
  4. Empathy
  5. Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership
  6. Grounded Confidence and Rumbling Skills
  7. Living Into Our Values
  8. BRAVING Trust
  9. Learning to Rise: The Rising Strong Process
  10. Rumbling With Our SFDs
  11. The Revolution

Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator: Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW

Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW is the Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international membership organization dedicated to strengthening social work leadership in health and human services. Under her leadership, the Network has grown globally and introduced new, innovative programming that meets the needs of social work and human services leaders everywhere. At her previous position with 2U, Inc., a technology company partnering with prestigious universities to place degree programs online, Lakeya was a Senior Regional Field Manager for the University of Southern California School of Social Work’s online Master of Social Work program. Cherry was in charge of spearheading national partnerships and managing field education agency development initiatives. She has also held a variety of direct service positions in the nonprofit sector and volunteers during her free time. Lakeya currently serves on the boards of Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP). She earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lakeya also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership. Lakeya is currently a Doctoral candidate at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work with an expected graduation date of May 2020.


Bring Dare to Lead™ to your workplace or classroom! We can customize a workshop or individual training based on your unique needs. Click on the link below to complete the interest form and be placed on an interest list.

2020 workshops to be announced.

Questions? Email us at info@socialworkmanager.org.