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 offering 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 the content for these three curriculum topic areas from February to May 2018 in order to receive your certificate of completion this summer.
- Self-Awareness: Who are you? How do you identify?
- Three 30-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 two-hour Unconscious Bias Wisdom Lab to take a deeper dive into the scripts that drive implicit biases [optional]
- One two-hour Identity Cores Wisdom Lab to explore the multiplicity of "self" through experiences, natural traits, and preferences and the degree to which you bring your whole self to work [optional]
- One 90-minute 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 two-hour Resilience Wisdom Lab 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 two-hour 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 90-minute Micromessages and Unconscious Bias Coaching Session to generate insights on how small things we do exert a positive or negative impact on others [optional]
- Co-Active Leadership: Who do you want to be as a leader?
- One two-hour Co-Active Leadership Dialogue to create your personal transformation plan as a compassionate, connected, and co-creative leader [required]
- One 90-minute Daring Greatly 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 online core curriculum, plus a minimum of two wisdom labs and at least one 90-minute group coaching session. All participants are expected to attend the closing ceremony during spring 2018. 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.
Additional Options for Completing Curriculum Requirements
The following activities, if facilitated, sponsored, co-sponsored, or approved by the Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement team, will suffice as a substitute for participating in one wisdom lab or one group coaching session:
- One Storytelling Workshop to create or embellish a personal or leadership narrative [optional]
- One Micromessages Workshop [optional]
- One Campus Community Dialogue [optional]
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 150 managers to the second cohort of the Inclusive Leaders Academy during spring semester 2018. Individuals who began the curriculum in 2017 will also have the option to complete the program in 2018.
This spring an executive and senior leadership coaching program will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first eight leaders who enroll and are in positions of executive director or associate chair and above. Executive and senior leadership coaching program participants will participate in the Inclusive Leaders Academy online content and three to four 60-minute coaching sessions from March 5, 2018 to May 17, 2018.