Program Calendar

Total time for each session is 4 days and 3 evenings.

Session 1:  April 23-26, 2018

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - Hastings

 Session I Objectives

  • Provide participants an opportunity to meet each other and learn about their interests in leadership for the common good.
  • Provide an overview of the program and create an awareness of the expectations for participants in the program.
  • Inspire participants through an example of effective leadership and a group discussion of positive change.
  • Gain an understanding of how effective and efficient team decisions are made. Gain awareness about the key responsibilities leaders must hold when expecting teams to make responsible decisions.
  • Create awareness of and functional familiarity with the process, interactive, and contextual components in a group setting.
  • Identify the main behavioral styles used by leaders and familiarize participants with their personal style.  Learn about other’s styles and opportunities for enhancing interpersonal communications. 
  • Learn the core principles behind healthy human psychological functioning.
  • Explore the link between emotional health and effective leadership for the common good.
  • Build an understanding of our identities and memberships in target and non-target groups.
  • Explore issues of power, oppression, privilege and change at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
  • Create a common language related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Introduce participants to the key components of a respectful and useful mentoring relationship including setting up the conversations.
  • Inform participants of sources of further learning on the main themes of the Emerging Leaders Program.

Session 2:  July 23-26, 2018

Session 2 Objectives

  • Provide participants an opportunity to work as a team who is able to present group projects to the full class in an effective, efficient and creative manner.
  • Increase proficiency in specific leadership meeting management techniques and tools.
  • Provide understanding of acceptance commitment theory and how it relates to participants’ leadership styles.
  • Provide participants core skills to increase their emotional resilience and psychological flexibility.
  • Provide participants with skills to increase self-awareness, notice their own emotional engagement, reduce reactivity, and increase ability to act in accordance with their identified core leadership values.
  • Increase skill in navigating difficult interpersonal and group situations (navigating conflict, change management, difficult conversations, accountability, and giving/receiving feedback).

Session 3:  October 22-25, 2018

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - Hastings

 Session 3 Objectives

  • Increase proficiency in group management
  • Increase self-awareness in advanced leadership skills
  • Increase understanding of advanced resource management concepts
  • Inspire through illustration of the complex ideas surrounding the concept of a common good
  • Provide insights in personal leadership by reporting on personal development plans
  • Describe effective framing of team decisions




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