Executive Dare to Lead™: A Virtual Workshop for Courageous Leaders

Based on the Empirical Research of Dr. Brené Brown

What is possible when you are truly a courageous leader?

How much more innovative will you be? What greater goals will you achieve? 

How much more inspired will your leadership be?

Are you ready to access long-lasting and meaningful change in your own leadership?

Now – more than ever – being a leader requires courage and resilience.

This pandemic has introduced an entirely new way of working, living and leading.

Leaders are making tough decisions without a clear vision of the future and without complete information; engaging in hard conversations; and figuring out how to transform teams and businesses in real time. If you’re moving in and out of fear, depletion and ambiguity, and inspiration, creativity and renewal, you’re not alone.

What better time is there to ignite an even bigger boost of courage?

You might suspect that fear is what keeps you from showing up as authentically and as courageously as you want to, especially in these moments. 

But here’s the remarkable thing: what actually gets in the way of courage isn’t fear; it’s the armor we put on to avoid the fear.

The good news is that it’s possible to learn how to take down our armor and develop the skills to be more daring. The result? 

Fostering a more resilient, collaborative, creative and brave culture.

Executive Dare to Lead Workshop

This program brings together a small, select group of senior-level leaders to learn and connect through an immersion into Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™ curriculum. The program integrates her research – including the most current updates she just released – and work with Downstream’s guidance and signature 1:1 coaching support, designed to accelerate skill-building and impact.

In joining, you’ll learn the four teachable, measurable and observable skill sets of how to be courageous in your leadership. In addition to building these skill sets, by completing the workshop, you’ll receive a Dare to Lead Trained certificate and a Dare to Lead Trained badge to display on your LinkedIn page or elsewhere.

If you’re ready to register, we ask that you please answer just a few short questions.

Why We Armor Up

Armored leadership often feels frustrating, lonely and exhausting. Have you been asking yourself questions like: 

“Why aren’t we making faster progress?”
“Why aren’t we reaching our strategic initiatives?” 
“Why aren’t I retaining good people or attracting the right customers?”
“Why is this so hard and why am I so tired?”

If so, chances are, you’re trying to lead while lugging around your armor.

When you can set down your armor, it’s amazing what happens to your energy and capacity. You’ll feel more inspired, more clear, and more connected to your vision. When you’re in this space, your team and partners experience you being truly authentic in your leadership, and they start to show up more fully. 

After all, the research tells us that courage is contagious.

And when it’s present, innovation, creativity and shared purpose happen more easily and more optimally.

The Downstream Partners Take on Brené Brown’s Work

Having worked with business leaders across a variety of industries for more than 25 years, we have discovered that although all leaders are unique and each face slightly different challenges, there are three common ways we tend to “armor up” by: 

Controlling behavior – moving against others through perfectionism, drive, or ambitious or autocratic means

Protecting behavior moving away from others through criticism, distance or arrogance

Complying behavior – moving toward others, (in an unhealthy way) through passivity, pleasing, belonging or conservatism

It is so powerful to understand these tendencies, recognize which ones you might lean into under pressure, and mostly, to discover ways to quickly shift out of them. Because of this, we’ve weaved together our process with Brené’s work to extend to you these insights and this power.

What Leaders Who’ve Engaged Our Process Tell Us

“Ours was a culture of nice at the expense of honest. We were so uncomfortable with conflict. Thanks to our work with Downstream Partners we now embrace the awkward, and the payoff we’ve noticed is so much more authenticity, creativity and productivity. Tough conversations happen because we know how to confidently navigate them. And that frees up our energy and focus and makes our work better.”

—CEO of a Denver-based Nonprofit

“The work we did with Downstream Partners made it possible for my team to feel really safe and empowered to share ideas, take risks and show up with me as real co-leaders vs. just saying what they thought I wanted to hear. Where I used to spend 60-plus hours a week at work and sometimes work through the night, thinking I had to do it all and have all the right answers, I now have a team of leaders I can truly collaborate with. It’s been a gift of freedom for me and has served this organization so well.”

—President & CEO of a Private School

“Our peers in the PR field recognized us this year with an award for taking an innovative approach to a campaign we built. The work we did with Downstream is what made it possible for us to be that innovative. Because we had the courage to put new ideas out there. We laid problems out and all of us were involved in solving them. We were brave. And we were recognized for it.”

—University Chief of Staff

To learn more about what our Executive Dare to Lead Workshop could do for you and your leadership, please reach us.

What You Can Expect

This Executive Dare to Lead workshop will be four, partial-day virtual sessions. Together, we’ll cover:

Rumbling with Vulnerability

Living Into Your Values

Braving Trust

Learning to Rise 

You’ll also receive a workbook filled with leadership insights and techniques, and Dare to Lead tools and processes to help you lead courageously, such as:

Answering the call to courage

Recognizing our shame shields

Reckoning with emotion and getting unhooked

What Else You Can Expect

Connection with other, like-minded leaders from various industries and company sizes, styles and cultures

New mindfulness practices and techniques to use at any time to tap into greater resiliency and energy

Intimate access to workshop facilitators, GG and Abbey, to talk through your specific leadership or organizational challenges

Personal learning and self-discovery

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GG Johnston

GG Johnston has been a strategic thinking partner and advisor to business leaders who want to outperform their own historical growth for more than 30 years.

Part mentor. Part therapist. Part chairwoman of the board. GG stands shoulder-to-shoulder with you, working inside your business to create strategic clarity, accountability and alignment around strategy. So you get the maximum return on your investments in your staff, your customers and your partners.

Taking a holistic approach to create organizational change, GG first works with leaders to raise their self-awareness and to identify key areas for growth. As a Dare to Lead ™ certified facilitator of Brene Brown’s empirically research-based Dare to Lead ™ program, GG advances teams by guiding individuals to become more courageous leaders. Also certified and experienced in using a variety of other research-backed tools – such as Leadership Circle, Emergenetics, HeartMath, EQ-i, TKI Conflict Mode, among others – GG empowers leaders to expand their capacity and develop the skills that have proven to move organizations to the next level.

From her more than 15 years running one of Denver’s premier public relations firms, working with hundreds of leaders and teams across various sizes and types of organizations, GG knows that being a leader is hard and that it takes bravery. And that teams only reach their full potential when there is strategic clarity, a systems thinking approach and an investment in having a culture that is rich, courageous and intentional. She is passionate about developing leaders to step fully into their courage and knows that through this, leaders do their most innovative, inspired and joyful work.

GG’s specialties include:

  • Business strategy. Goal setting. Accountability.
  • Organizational Health and Culture
  • Optimized Operations
  • Interpersonal & Relationship Skill Building
  • Communication: Strategy and Coaching
  • Leadership & Staff Development
  • Team Building
  • Facilitating Effective Meetings

Have Questions about Dare to Lead?

Reach us to schedule a one-on-one 15-minute Q&A and to get a flavor of what you’ll experience during the workshop.