Our program defines leadership as a shared, participatory process best facilitated by those with a critical awareness of self, others, and the world. We are committed to providing leadership development experiences that support an ongoing journey to awareness, with an emphasis on:
Our histories, experiences, and relations with others are interwoven with power, sometimes overtly, and sometimes in more subtle ways. Building a more nuanced understanding of power–over others, with others, and within each of us–is a crucial first step to becoming a leader who effectively shares power.
Identity and Awareness
Self-awareness and self-education are some of our strongest tools for preventing and addressing conflict with others. The more we learn (and the more we are open to learning) about ourselves and others, the better positioned we are to build relationships that can survive challenges.
Lasting change comes from communities of people, not just from one individual. That means we must explore and commit to systems of assessment, communication and decision-making that ensure full participation and equitable representation.
Sources of tension, conflict, and injustice are often rooted in larger structures and legacies–be they social, political, or economic. Leading with a critical awareness of self, others and the world can facilitate change at multiple levels: between people, between groups, and within the systems that structure our lived experience.