TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP

About the Transformative Leadership Master's Program

Learners approach leadership from the following four interrelated dimensions:

  • Creating their own personal style of leadership, their own leadership philosophy, and the skills to embody it;
  • Engaging in an ongoing process of personal transformation, by exploring their own personal growth, their values and beliefs, their ethical and spiritual commitment, and mobilizing their creative capacities to be leaders;
  • Through the interaction with an international community of learners who learn together and learn how to support each other;
  • By grounding their work in the imperative for action, so that they can apply their learning on a continuing basis, culminating in a Capstone: Action Project.

The program is designed for people who recognize that effective leadership requires specific practical skills in areas ranging from conflict resolution to group dynamics to creative thinking, and also the ability to mobilize their own and others' passion to make a difference in the world.

The TLD program invites students to engage in a profound questioning of the assumptions about these key issues, along with their implications and applications to practice. Reflection and theory are united with practice by focusing on the development of capacities to envision, initiate, and engage in transformative change processes.
Learning outcomes include the following:

  • The ability to actively create, articulate, and embody one's leadership style and leadership philosophy;
  • The ability to engage in an ongoing process of personal transformation, self-reflection, and self-creation, assess and address one's strengths, weaknesses, and self-limiting beliefs, and develop one's potential;
  • The capacity to take the initiative, design and manage a meaningful project, and follow it through to completion;
  • The capacity to learn to mobilize one's own and others' creativity to envision new personal and social possibilities;
  • A knowledge base in the theory and practice of leadership and transformation;
  • The ability to work with others, articulate one's vision, be interpersonally effective, and create communities and coalitions;
  • The ability to approach complex issues from a plurality of perspectives and metaphors, grounded in systems and complexity thinking;
  • Understanding and developing strategies to address the psychological and organizational dynamics of relationships, power, and change in human systems;
  • Understanding and developing strategies to leverage creativity in diversity.