Transformative leadership is really needed for these complex and transitional times. In fact, it's an imperative. Transformational Leadership (TLD) at CIIS is primarily about self-inquiry and transformation with an understanding of that connection to society. I was attracted to this school and this program because of this connection between personal transformation and social change. Personal development is built into the program. TLD provided a container for meaningful exploration of personal goals but, more importantly, it guided me to think in new ways and to discover my own truths relevant to the world today. The support and feedback from faculty and peers, combined with an edgy and current discourse on self, society, and transformation helped me recognize where my next contribution to society might arise.
Transformation is subtle and elusive but, still, it happens. In my case, it snuck up on me and only became apparent after I had embarked on a new career opportunity. Having recently settled into a new job as executive director of an international retreat center in rural Nova Scotia (www.dorjedenmaling.org), I realize that much of what I have always aspired to for my life and leadership has finally come to fruition, and this aspiration was uncovered and developed during my two years in TLD.