• Duration
    4 days
  • Location
    North Melbourne
  • Mode
    Face to face Online
  • Fees
    Fully subsidised

Develop daring leaders and embed courage into your school’s culture.

The Dare to LeadTM program brings Dr Brené Brown’s research of over 20 years on leadership into action. She has found that courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy show up in our daily practices both helping and hindering our success as a leader.

The program focuses on developing courage-building skills, teaching you and your team how to move from armoured leadership to daring leadership.

The Dare to Lead program has been designed to give actionable strategies to cultivate braver, more daring leaders. You will be more aware of how and why you put the difficult decisions and tough conversations off. You will leave with the skills and an action plan to effectively have these conversations while embedding the values of courage and inclusion into your practice of creating a good school culture.


Designed for Victorian government principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, teachers and vertical school teams.


Facilitated by Mary Hutchison, a trained and certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator keen to spread Brené Brown’s work throughout the education system of Victoria.

Mary has a background in education and is a school principal with over 15 years' experience in 3 diverse primary school settings. She has also been a Network Chair of three different Networks.

You will engage and contribute to:

  • pre-workshop activities
  • workshops (4 days)
  • post-workshop evaluation. 


You are required to complete a pre-program assessment prior to attending the first workshop.


Workshops are delivered over 4 days, face to face. Each intake will be delivered at one of our Academy locations including Ballarat, Geelong, and North Melbourne.

Workshop 1 — The Heart of Daring Leadership

The 1st day of Dare to Lead™ will address:

  • the heart of daring leadership
  • armoured leadership vs daring leadership
  • self-awareness and emotional literacy
  • rumbling with vulnerability
  • the myths of vulnerability

Workshop 2 — Rumbling with Vulnerability

The 2nd day of Dare to Lead™ will address:

  • shame resilience
  • empathy and self-compassion
  • armoured vs daring leadership

Workshop 3 — Living into our Values

The 3rd day of Dare to Lead™ will address:

  • living into our values
  • grounded confidence and rumbling skills
  • engaged feedback
  • armoured vs daring leadership

Workshop 4 — Braving Trust and Learning to Rise

The 4th day of Dare to Lead™ will address:

  • braving trust
  • The Reckoning
  • The Rumble
  • The Revolution
  • The Integration Plan

You will develop the knowledge and understanding to:

  • expand your self-awareness as a leader and apply more courage, strength and bravery in your leadership technique
  • further your capacity to find and develop individual and team leadership potential
  • embed courage-building practices into your daily life.

Fully subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government school participants. 

Last updated 08 June 2023