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rEvolutionary Leadership Minicourse: Transforming for the New Future
August 3, 2022 @ 4:00 am – October 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
- Organizations that Have an Enterprise Engagement Package and/or Achieved COA Accreditation: $875
- Other Organizations: $1,000
Virtual Meeting Dates
- Aug. 3 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. ET
- Aug. 19 from noon-1 p.m. ET
- Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
- Sept. 30 from noon-1 p.m. ET
- Oct. 19 from 2-4 p.m. ET
About the Course
Leaders operate within an environment of rapid, unpredictable, and unrelenting change. The social and political landscape are ever evolving, creating challenges and opportunities to drive meaningful and sustainable personal and organizational change through rEvolutionary LeadershipTM. Social Current’s rEvolutionary Leadership model encompasses the notion that leaders must be both evolutionary—managing constant change over time and reacting and responding to the environment, and revolutionary—change agents who not just react to change but lead change using disruption as a creative force to act upon the environment through the lens of equity. rEvolutionary leadership centers on four internal skillsets that interplay with one another to generate an individual’s leadership capacities: Cognitive, Emotional, Spiritual, and Behavioral.
This multiweek mini-course is designed to address the importance of organizational change and will focus on individual, team, and organizational leadership. It will provide learners with the foundation for examining and developing their own individual leadership style. The social sector is faced with an incredibly challenging and rapidly changing operating environment, marked by shrinking resources, higher expectations to demonstrate impact, and challenges to the social contract. Consequently, nonprofit leaders must possess the ability to navigate complexity, secure buy in, and break down barriers, to just name a few, so that their organizations can achieve their respective mission and vision. Change leaders understand the importance to building a high-impact organization is not just nestled in self-leading and self-investing. Real change leadership is also about investing in others that follow, creating and developing a learning organization that understands the change equation and working co-creatively with leaders in the communities and neighborhoods being served for maximum impact.
Leaders will understand the alignment of cognitive, emotional, behavioral and spiritual aspects of leadership needed to support change leadership within and through their organizations.
- Cognitive Capacity – the conscious, intellectual ability to anticipate, perceive, understand, and analyze factors in the environment that may drive the need for change
- Emotional Capacity – the capacity to emotionally process environmental factors that might lead to change, and to experience the resulting empathy, passion, courage and resolve that motivate the leader to work for change
- Spiritual Capacity – the ability to envision with clarity the better future that could be brought about through change, and the will to believe that achieving that future state is not only attainable but a moral obligation
- Behavioral Capacity – the ability to foresee and implement the tangible, observable, measurable actions that will set change in motion
The need for change, planning for change, implementing change, and evaluating change will be discussed from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives. In the end, real systems change takes place through powerful high-performing and high-impact teams, organizations, and communities made up of rEvolutionary leaders.
- Develop a clear sense of the purpose of change leadership, the ethical dimensions of leadership, and the relationship between leaders and followers in the social sector
- Be able to use multiple leadership concepts to understand change situations and enhance your effectiveness in the change process as a leader and a follower
- Understand the impact of individual differences and different situations on the practice of leadership
- Understand your current strengths and weaknesses as a leader and as a follower, and develop your own personal approach to the practice of leadership
- Enhance your ability to think critically, to analyze complex and diverse concepts, and to use your reasoning, judgment and imagination to create new possibilities in leadership situations
- Understand the differences between adaptive and technical challenges and the processes to employ in mitigating each for success
- Increase understanding of rEvolutionary Leadership and its relevance for the human-serving sector through an equitable lens
- Distinguish between adaptive and technical challenges
- Become knowledgeable about the cognitive capacity critical for managing and leading change and how they influence the way we work towards systems change with our teams, organizations, and communities
- Understand your current strengths and weaknesses as a leader
A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the course from the Social Current.
- Read the rEvolutionary Leadership Practice Manual
- Read the weekly lesson, questions, and articles, available every Monday at noon ET until the following Monday at noon ET
- Respond to the questions on the discussion board by Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
- Respond to at least one other student’s post in the discussion board by the following Saturday at noon ET when required
- A three- to five-page capstone report about the four capacities through the lens of EDI
Submit responses to discussion questions via the discussion board in the online course. Posts should be 75-100 words in length. Show evidence of critical thinking as it applies to the concepts/prompt and/or use examples of the application of the concepts to work and life. Proper punctuation, grammar, and correct spelling are expected.
You must reply to at least one other student per prompt. Your reply should build on the concept discussed, offer a question to consider, or add a differing perspective, etc. Rather than responding with, “Good post,” explain why the post is “good” (why it is important, useful, insightful, etc.). Or, if you disagree, respectfully share your alternative perspective. Just saying “I agree” or “Good idea” is not sufficient for the posts you would like graded.