The Mirror of Nature:
Leadership & Organizations
A workshop exploring
leadership and organizations using the
Four Shields of Human Nature
An expanded program giving more time to organizational dynamics and leadership skills is being developed. Please watch for details.
In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now. Wangari Maatha
Leadership is what we are called to when the fullness of who we are - our unique way of being and our authentic presence - meet the world’s needs. Leadership in this sense is not a static position that we hold in a job, community service or our personal lives. Leadership is skillful, intentional action offered to an organization, community, or group to address immediate and day to day needs as well as in service to long range vision, mission and goals.
I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for leadership to appear where it is needed, when it is needed. Margaret J Wheatley
The Four Shields of Human Nature offers a unique framework for understanding ourselves in leadership as well as the organizations in which we work and serve. An eco-psychological model developed by Steven Foster and Meredith Little (School of Lost Borders), it invites a conversation with the natural world that informs our personal leadership and dynamics within our organizations.
This retreat is designed for people in leadership positions or aspiring to leadership roles; teams within organizations; board of directors; and anyone who wants to contribute to a discussion of leadership and organizations informed by our own experience and by the natural world.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
•Explore the relevance of the natural world to leadership and organizations.
•Relate the Four Shields of Human Nature to leadership and organizational dynamics
•Identify a personal leadership profile using the Four Shields of Human Nature
•Apply the Four Shields of Human Nature to current questions about personal leadership and organizational dynamics
•Practice collaborative coaching techniques
•Practice listening skills in small groups, between individuals and in nature.
•Practice “mirroring” of individual and group experiences in nature
•Explore dispositions for action in leadership and organizational situations
•Practice emotional agility, the ability to bring the right amount of the right emotion to a given situation
•Identify elements of an effective request and response
•Examine how to handle critical conversations and apply to personal leadership or organizational situations
•Discuss the components of trust, how to build trust and rebuild trust.
•Create an action plan for next steps in personal leadership and organizational dynamics.
•Identify resources for continued learning and development in leadership, organizations, and the Four Shields of Human Nature
This program can be tailored to an organization's or groups needs.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.