As a manager at Georgia Tech, you are often charged with leading your administrative unit – determining strategy, allocating resources, implementing tactics, and inspiring team members – while aligning to the vision of senior leadership. In this balancing act of priorities, it can be hard to find the time or know where to look for leadership development and professional growth.
Research shows that employees with greater self-awareness and social intelligence are frequently more successful ("Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership," Harvard Business Review). For this reason, Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement is launching the Inclusive Leaders Academy, a professional leadership and legacy development program for managers at Tech. More self-aware managers collaborate better with others, are more effective in leading change, can be more inclusive and engaging, and proactively seek to develop others.
The goal of the Inclusive Leaders Academy is two-fold:
- To support managers' career development by creating opportunities to learn and grow.
- To build a leadership community who will transform the culture at the Institute through modeling inclusive excellence.
Key Learning Benefits and Curriculum Topic Areas
The key learning benefits of the Inclusive Leaders Academy – and corresponding curriculum topic areas – include Self-Awareness, Social Intelligence, and Co-Active Leadership. Although it is self-guided, we recommend completing these three curriculum topic areas from March to August 2017.
- Self-Awareness: Who are you? How do you identify?
- Three 90-minute, self-guided learning modules to explore unconscious bias and the SEEDS Model (Similarity Biases, Expedience Biases, Experience Biases, Distance Biases, and Safety Biases) [required]
- One 60-minute, live webinar to summarize the curriculum and provide a decision guide [required]
- One Unconscious Bias Wisdom Lab to take a deeper dive into the scripts that drive biases [optional]
- One Identity Cores Wisdom Lab to explore the multiplicity of "self" strengths, personality, and preferences [optional]
- One Emotional Intelligence Coaching Session to identify personal triggers and saboteurs to avoid self-sabotage and strengthen calm, creativity, and emotional intelligence [optional]
- Social Intelligence: How do you engage and influence others?
- Six 40-minute, self-guided learning modules, "Daring Leadership: The Four Pillars of Courage™,” to explore vulnerability, clarity of values, trust, and rising skills based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. [required]
- One Transformative Narrative Wisdom Lab to create or embellish your personal narrative [optional]
- One Art of Empathy Wisdom Lab to hone your ability to avoid engaging in emotionally abusive behaviors, increase connection, actively listen, and attune to the needs of others [optional]
- One Resilience Wisdom Lab to to practice the Rising Strong Process™ of writing a brave new ending to a story of struggle or change based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. [optional]
- One Resilience Coaching Session to fortify you in leading change and transitions [optional]
- Co-Active Leadership: Who do you want to be as a leader?
- One Co-Active Leadership Dialogue to create your personal transformation plan as a compassionate, connected, and creative leader [required]
- One Integration Wisdom Lab to discuss and reflect on your transformation plan and the leader you want to be [optional]
- One Sponsoring Talent Wisdom Lab to identify how to inclusively deepen engagement by developing and promoting diverse talent [optional]
- One Co-Active Leadership Coaching Session to discuss showing up more authentically and enhancing your personal influence based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D. [optional]
To complete the program and receive a certificate, participants must finish the required core curriculum, a minimum of two wisdom labs, at least one-hour coaching session(s) (either one-on-one with a certified coach or in a 90-minute group coaching session), and attend the closing ceremony in the fall. The closing ceremony, an Inclusive Leaders Roundtable, will be offered for all qualifying participants to engage in a community dialogue, celebrate transformations, and be recognized with other managers.
Who Should Participate
The Inclusive Leaders Academy is open to managers at Georgia Tech. Eligibility to apply is based on holding a supervisory role in a campus unit; successfully or partially completing a qualifying existing campus leadership development program; and/or serving in a leadership role in an Employee Resource Group, Diversity Council, Staff Council, or approved campus network. Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement will invite approximately 200 managers to the first class of the Inclusive Leaders Academy during spring semester 2017.