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Co-Active Global Newletter - Fall 2016 - CTI Stories of Transformation

Introducing the Co-Active Leadership Experience: A Dip into the 5 Dimensions
By Barton Cutter

A hushed enthusiasm has been mounting at CTI headquarters in San Rafael, California, approaching the launch of the latest edition addition to CTI’s experiential learning opportunities.

The new course, the Co-Active Leadership Experience, piloted over the past three months with great success, is uniquely designed to give participants a taste of what dimensional leadership is all about and, more importantly, provides the opportunity for each participant to expand their personal range of what it means to be a leader.

“In today’s world, the historical paradigm of hierarchical leadership simply can’t meet today’s demand. We need to reframe the concept of leadership in a way that is universally acceptable to all people while at the same time expand the definition to encompass multiple dimensions,” says Karen Kimsey-House, CEO and co-founder of CTI. “It is our hope that the Co-Active Leadership Experience can begin to bridge the gap between outdated paradigms and modern learning.”

The three-day workshop is grounded in the stake that everyone is a leader. This means that each of us is not only naturally creative, resourceful and whole, but also uniquely responsible for the world in which we live. And, as we gain the capacity to embrace this responsibility, our leadership along with our impact on the world can expand to meet the ever-evolving demands of the time.

Henry Kimsey-House, co-founder of CTI remarks, “It is amazing what happens when people let go of believing that leadership has to look or feel a certain way. There’s almost a sense of relief when leadership does not have to mean taking control of everything and barking commands at others. Yes, taking a stand for what you believe and inspiring others may be part of it, but it’s also a dance in which sometimes we step back to let others step forward, partnership with another, side-by-side, arm-in-arm, or even to pause and let things lie if the situation demands.”

“The design process for this course was comprehensive,” he explains. “Karen, Carey Baker and I went on two three-day retreats to come up with it. During the first retreat, we focused on the big picture and the overall flow. During the second and third retreats, we drilled down into the contexts and where the content and experiences needed to be placed to tell this unique story.”

The Leadership Model

The course itself takes people into their own unique style of leadership, with exercises to explore where they are already strong within the five dimensions and where there is room to grow. Participants have the opportunity to experience each of the five dimensions while, as in all of CTI’s courses, becoming grounded in tangible contexts that anchor and support the experiential aspect of learning.

Karen Kimsey-House notes of the pilot participants, “I was delighted and surprised by how accessible the model was, particularly to those for whom this was their first CTI experience. There were a lot of aha moments, particularly around claiming aspects of leadership that people hadn’t yet fully owned and the cost of dysfunction that comes with the shadow expression of leadership.”

Beginning with the dimension of Leader Within, pilot participants were led through explorations of how to deepen each dimension and lean into the ways their unique expression combines with the leadership of others to multiply their impact.

In addition to getting a solid understanding of where and how they can increase the capacity for their own leadership, participants will also come away from the weekend with practical exercises to bring home to their workplaces, families, teams and colleagues. They will be able to bring others into spaces and perspectives that bolster life-affirming work as opposed to expending energy on those aspects of life that diminish our positive impact.

“It always amazes me how hungry people are for these life-affirming practices, and I continue to be in awe of how the contextually based experiential learning that we provide connects to people at such deep levels, no matter their background,” Henry Kimsey-House notes.

“When we approach people with the context that everyone is a leader, it’s as if a deep reservoir of knowing opens up within them and the dimensions of Co-Active Leadership are already there.”

In a world where there is an ever-increasing tendency toward fear and isolation, the five dimensions of Co-Active Leadership become vital to ensuring that we are able not only to connect with one another at a deeper level but also to enhance and grow each other to face increasingly uncertainty.

When we recognize each other’s capacity for leadership, even if our perspectives may differ, we can discover ways to align around what we hold in common and step into greater creativity as we share and explore our varying perspectives from a place of alignment.

“While we are still in the early stages of launching the Co-Active Leadership Experience, which we will be rolling out over the next year and a half, ultimately we aim to offer it as broadly as we do the Core Curriculum,” Karen Kimsey-House explains. “Our world today is starving for a new form of leadership, and the Co-Active Leadership Experience is one step forward in bringing that dream into reality.”

To register your interest in finding out more about the Co-Active Leadership Experience, including how you can take it in 2017 click here.