The Resilient Leader - Daring Greatly with Karen deLacy
2019 Leadership & Professional Development Forum Series

November 27, 2019
Written by: Mirela Gabrovska, MBG Consulting, Inc.

The Resilient Leader - Daring Greatly with Karen deLacy
2019 Leadership & Professional Development Forum Series


As Brené Brown would say, “Leadership is not about titles or the corner office.  It is about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage.“
The last CREW Leadership and Professional Development program on this topic was one of the best of the year.  Our guest speaker, Karen DeLacy, an executive coach and trainer and certified Dare to Lead facilitator, took us through the heart of Daring Leadership.  She passionately talked about vulnerability as a power tool of an emotionally intelligent leader – embracing vulnerability by acknowledging your current state, taking responsibility for your emotions, and asking for help.  She talked about self-awareness and the importance of self-love and permitting ourselves to make mistakes.  We heard about Karen’s amazing career as an CIA agent (she is recipient of the CIA’s Career Intelligence Medal) as she reflected on courage and the ability to lean on it – courage through tough conversations, whole hearts and openness.  Courage is contagious, but leaders must live into their own values.  Karen took us through a challenging but highly rewarding values exercise examining what we stand for, and what are the values that enable us to stand tall, be uncomfortable, and fight; the values that make us authentic, and the values that we not only profess, but practice every single day.  How do you engage in a courageous conversation?  Karen provided us with a Courageous Conversation Toolkit, including an SBI framework we can use while giving feedback  – Situation, Behavior, Impact.  Finally – we learned about BRAVING (the anatomy of trust) as defined by Brené Brown – Boundaries, Reliability, Accountability, Vault, Integrity, Nonjudgement, Generosity.

The world is desperate for brave leaders.  It’s time for all of us to step up.  Thank you, Karen, and CREW, for the great program – we learned a lot and left inspired to rise up and be the brave leaders the world needs today.