Highlander is proud to announce that we are once again collaborating with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to bring Rockwood’s widely praised “Art of Leadership” training to the South on October 4-7, 2009.
This is a special invitation to join a select community of social change leaders in creating and sustaining compelling visions for their organizations, dealing more effectively with organizational challenges, and building a broad-based network of progressive leaders committed to shaping a more just and sustainable society.
The four-day intensive seminar is designed to teach powerful visioning, listening, speaking, presentation, coaching, teambuilding, and feedback skills to emerging and established leaders. The session will be led by nationally known trainers Michael Bell and Roberto Vargas.
Highlander staff members Susan Williams and Rob Reining attended the first “Art of Southern Leadership” training in January, and found it a powerful and transformative experience. Said Williams,
This was an amazing opportunity – to have a great group of Southern leaders and directors and the amazing facilitation of the Rockwood staff, in a challenging and useful training to help you think about your goals and how you would hope to behave in a leadership or any role with a group of people. It really helped me to get a focus on how to be most useful and more productive, (as well as improving real listening and communication skills.) I hope more Southerners and Appalachian folks can have access to this experience.
Rockwood offers a sliding scale training fee based on organizational budgets.
More information about the training is available here (PDF 47 kb). To apply or nominate a leader to the Art of Leadership, contact:
Peter Kim, Outreach and Web Manager
1-510-524-4000 x 106
Peter (at) rockwoodleadership.org
7/14/09 – Additional feedback from participants in the first “Art of Leadership for Southern Leaders” training:
The Art of Leadership training was a transformative experience for me that have helped me to find the power and energy to develop as a leader and really fill this role. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and what I can accomplish and this will certainly help me be a more effective leader.
The training encouraged me to be more confident in my ability to lead and reminded me why I am in the work- it helped to align my daily work tasks with my overall vision of what I would like to accomplish. It also helped me face the fact that some of my daily work tasks are not helping me achieve that vision, and highlighted some organizational pitfalls. The survey helped me to be more aware of the impact I have on others while I am just doing the work and not thinking of myself as a leader.
The 360 evaluation opened my eyes to the fact that my organization expects/wants me to take a larger leadership role in my organization. The other elements of the training boosted my confidence in my leadership abilities and provided me with specific tools to be more effective.
The purpose exercise was very helpful to me to see what rose to the top, and that should help me. I just feel calmer and more centered about what I am doing. And it is helpful to think about what you aren’t telling the truth about and how to transition to more truth telling. It was also a great group to be with and I feel like some relationships were strengthened and some new ones begun… also very much appreciated experiencing the wonderful skills of Michael and Maria…