HR Leadership Summit

Wednesday, October 14th 12:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Dare to Lead- Based on the research of Brene Brown

What keeps leaders from being bold, courageous, and taking healthy risks? It’s our orientation around avoiding discomfort. We are inundated with leaders who are simply “playing not to lose” versus “playing to win.” Brené Brown’s research shows that our organizations are desperate for braver leaders and more courageous cultures. Her research also reveals that the source of courage is vulnerability. Counter intuitively, vulnerability is a superpower – not a weakness. This leadership development experience will highlight the challenges faced when organizations choose to play it safe and are unable to lead with courage. It will dive into the nature of vulnerability, dispel the myths associated with it, and offer ways to lead with vulnerability so that leaders, teams, and the entire organization can be more effective, innovative, and impactful.


  • Understand and appreciate the barriers to courage and what exists in our organizations when we don’t have brave leaders and courageous cultures.
  • Create a vision for what is possible in an organization that builds a courageous culture.
  • Understand that vulnerability is the birthplace and source of courage.
  • Define vulnerability, dispel the myths associated with it, and connect it to a definition of leadership.
  • Recognize our own discomfort and fear that holds us back from being courageous.
  • Learn the roles curiosity and mindfulness play in noticing vulnerability, staying with it, and creating from it rather than avoiding it or being reactive to it.
  • Acquire skills and tools from the Dare To Lead research that can be immediately implemented and introduced to their divisions and teams creating more constructive conversations.

Abbey Johnston & Greg Mutch
AG Collaborative

Abbey Johnston [Certified CliftonStrengths] and Greg Mutch [Certified Dare To LeadTM ] are co-creators of AG Collaborative, a leadership and talent development company focused on transforming the interior landscape of leaders to see individuals, teams and businesses flourish.

Who you are is how you lead.

Once a leader understands, appreciates and grasps the fullness of who they are and what drives them, authentic and uninhibited success can start to unfold. We work from the inside out because this approach brings the most stable, ongoing, measurable results. It also creates the most resilient leaders.

We design and deliver leadership programs typically lasting 6-24 months. Program areas include: Executive coaching and Leader As Coach Training, Strengths-Based Development, Dare To LeadTM, and Communication Skills. Acknowledging that people learn in different ways and over time, we utilize a variety of experiences, approaches, and custom curriculums to create a dynamic and multifaceted approach to facilitate meaningful transformation.

MISHRM's mission is to support the State SHRM chapters and serve the HR professionals (networking, development opportunities, best practice sharing) and serve as a conduit from our great state to SHRM.

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

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