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:
- Explore processes and principles of ongoing personal transformation in order to become the persons and leaders they want to be.
- Develop their philosophy of leadership based on their values, in dialogue with the readings and experience in the program.
- Develop their creative thinking abilities and learn to apply systems and complexity to their leadership initiatives.
- Initiate and follow through on innovative projects, including the skills to plan, manage, and work collaboratively on projects.
- Master contemporary research on leadership as well as personal and social transformation.
- Engage in collaborative creativity and participatory leadership and a range of approaches to cultivating generative collaborative skills.
- Creatively engage dynamics of power, diversity, and change.