ITC and Leadership Development

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    Deborah Helsing
    April 9, 2015 at 11:12 am #1694

    In the last MAW newsletter, we offered some headlines about how we use ITC in the EdLD leadership development program at Harvard (If you are not getting our newsletter and want to, make sure to add your information on our website…look toward the bottom of the page). Here is what we said:

    “People have been wondering how we use the ITC approach when we’re not teaching coaches and other change agents how to develop their capacity. So we thought it would be fun to first introduce you to how we are using it as a curriculum backbone, along with constructive-developmental theory, within a leadership program…

    “Immunity to Change and Leadership Development

    “The motto of Harvard’s EDLD program (Doctorate in Education Leadership) is “transform yourself to transform the sector.” How does that happen? The personal mastery strand of the program, designed and led by Minds At Work Co-Founder and Principal Lisa Lahey, introduces students to Adult Development theory to help them understand the ways that the leadership roles they seek require particular psychological capacities (Self-Authorship). Over their three years of study and internship, students engage in many types of structured reflection and skill-building, including immunity-to-change coaching, all which serve to support the development of self-authorship and personal mastery. Along the way students assess their progress and work to support the development of others.”

    We’ll continue to provide more information and updates about our work with the EdLD program, as well as other endeavors in future newsletters.

    Future editions of the newsletter will post short informative pieces on our work in this program. Here on our webpage, we are able to have more conversation and provide more depth with those of you who want to explore this ITC application (and others) further.

    In EdLD course we explore Adult Development theory, integrating it with several other topics most relevant to our students, including, for example:
    • the Leadership Circle 360 assessment
    • Optimal Team Formation and Functioning
    • Using The Ladder of Inference to guide internal sense making of self, situations, ideas, and others
    • Engaging in Deep Listening
    • Giving and Receiving Feedback effectively
    • Noticing when one in “In the Box” and reframing to get oneself “Out of the Box”
    • Sorting a Pinch to take responsibility for one’s own reactions and contributions to charged situation and to take action that lead one to be less pinched
    • Preparing for and participating in Learning Conversations that lead to deeper understanding of self, situations, ideas, and others.
    Let us know if you would like to see more about how we teach any of these topics and how we integrate them with Adult Development. Which ones interest you most? What experiences have you had with any of these? What questions do you have? Let us know so we can respond to your particular interests.

    And stay tuned for more… we plan to post copies of the course syllabus and other materials if people are interested in seeing more.