Sponsored by Georgia Tech's ADVANCE Program since spring 2016, the Advance Leadership Workshop is designed to provide tenured or non-tenure track faculty and staff members with an understanding of concepts and models that will enhance leadership competencies. Facilitated by Bob Thomas, professor of the practice and director of leadership education at the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the workshop sessions provide an overview of the tools and techniques of adaptive leadership, understanding ours and other’s immunity to change, the philosophy of servant leadership and a framework for identifying and understanding individual values. In addition, Leadership Development Groups will be formed during the workshop sessions – consisting of four participants each. As a participant, you should be willing to meet with your Leadership Development Group between sessions.
- Provide participants with an understanding of the Adaptive Leadership Model.
- Enhance participants' skills in applying the model to leadership challenges.
- Explores Kegan’s Immunity to Change model
Expose participants to the philosophy of servant leadership
Provide a developmental framework for identifying individual values
Build and strengthen community amongst participants.
Leadership Challenge Statement
The assignment is to write a one-page leadership challenge/dilemma. The challenge should be one that is current, unresolved, complex, and significant to you, your workplace, or some other organization in which you are engaged. Your leadership challenge/dilemma should be one that you are willing to discuss with your Leadership Development Group; one which will have a material impact on you and your organization’s performance and success in the coming years; one in which you believe you would like to have a significant impact; and one in which you are open to alternative possibilities for action and are willing to receive advice from other members of your Leadership Development Group. (You do not need to reveal the identities of any individuals or groups involved in your challenge.)
The description should include the following:
- Describe your leadership dilemma.
- What actions, if any, have you taken to address this challenge?
- What are the perspectives of the other stakeholders involved in this issue?
- What do they stand to gain or lose if progress is made?
- What is your goal in resolving this challenge?
- What benefits would it provide to you and/or your organization?
The selection will be based on i) ensuring diversity of participation from across Colleges and ranks, and ii) ensuring some level of similarity and complementarity in Leadership Development Group compositions.
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading, Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky, Harvard Business School Press, 2002
Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power & Greatness, Robert K. Greenleaf, Paulist Press, 2002.
Immunity to Change: How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organization. Robert Kegan & Lisa Lahey, Harvard Business School Press, 2009.