Morning Session 1 (Feb. 26) – Collaborative Leadership Development
- Expertise – Each leader brings particular skills and expertise that are valuable to the group. Communicating and demonstrating your abilities is not boasting, but rather good information that can help your group make good use of your time and efforts.
- Awareness – Having a high level of awareness about the talents that others bring to the group is essential. Understanding not only their abilities, but also the value of their roles allows you to help increase the level of trust, comfort, and credibility others are willing to extend to that leader. The ability to offer this endorsement is one of the most valuable tools in conflict resolution and building higher levels of cooperation.
- Critical Feedback and Insights – Leaders and group members are strengthened by a culture wherein critical feedback and insights can be offered or sought out without creating adversarial relationships. Human beings have the capacity to receive and accept even very critical feedback, provided it comes from someone who has their best interests at heart.
After practicing the first two skills in small groups, Ms. Burbie led an exercise designed to help participants develop the awareness and skills to keep people engaged in important conversations/discussions that deal with difficult issues. How people are treated in such conversations may have more influence on the outcome than the content of the discussion itself.
The 2012 PAL Handout includes both the review of last year's concepts and skills, and the "Collaborative Leadership model" and "Perspectives" exercises from this year's workshop.