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The Leadership Institute Skip to Main Content Dare to Lead Training Retreat. Based on the research of Brené Brown. Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA. November 9 - 12, 2023.

Dare to Lead Training Retreat

November 9–12, 2023

Callaway Gardens

Pine Mountain, GA

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About Dare to Lead™ Facilitated Training

We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures. The world is desperate for daring leaders who are self-aware, know how to have hard conversations, hold themselves and others accountable, build trust, lead with empathy and connection, take smart risks that lead to innovation, reset quickly after disappointments and setbacks, and give and receive feedback – especially when it’s tough.

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to support leader agility, team effectiveness and culture change. 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.

These skill sets are:

  • 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.

If you have additional questions about this training and to find out if it is right for you, please reach out to Lori Auten at

Welcome to the Leadership Institute

Founded in 2005, the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University is a university-based consulting group. We have worked with more than 200 organizations and helped develop thousands of leaders. We work with leadership at all levels, from front-line supervisors to senior management executives, to develop and enhance their skills by engaging them in challenging, interactive sessions.

At the Leadership Institute, we are ready to help make your team’s learning experience customized to your needs.

Our services range from executive coaching to companywide leadership development programs. We offer a safe space that supports leaders on their journey.

Meet Our Team

Our skilled team of facilitators and consultants has more than 75 years of combined experience and is ready to assist with your leadership development needs.

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