Pro-Seminar in Leadership Development
Pro-Seminar in Leadership Development is an integral part of the Summer Principals Academy curriculum. There is growing consensus that effective leadership requires not only traditional forms of intelligence, but also self-awareness, emotional intelligence, social intelligence and intercultural intelligence. So far as we know, SPA is unique in offering comprehensive leadership development in the entire span of these skills.
The intention of the pro-seminar in leadership development is to offer student opportunities to cultivate their leadership acuity through exploration of multiple dimensions of the self and culture. The 14-month course includes Self-Awareness Training in partnership with Emotional Literacy for Aspiring School Leaders in Summer I, and Self-Awareness Training in partnership with Cultural Diversity in Summer II.
Self-awareness training invites participants to learn how to use our senses to discern the right action to take in any given moment. One important leadership skill is to develop your capacity to make good decisions on behalf of others. Though that may seem like a matter of being intelligent, knowledgeable and well trained, we believe that in addition to these competencies, a leader in the 21st Century must also have the capacity to make sense of the demands they are facing through more than their intellect. Learning to listen to the body, heart and feelings are resources that support making good decisions moment to moment and require learning just as rational thinking does. To cultivate this capacity as part of the curriculum in SPA, we offer self-awareness training.
What is this?
Self-awareness training is the exploration of your senses through the experience of developing your capacity for noticing via your senses, your sensations, feelings, emotions and using your mind to reflect on these experiences as you pay attention to your inner territory. The purpose of this training is to bring you very closely in touch with whatever you are experiencing in a moment, how you feel about what you are experiencing, and develop within yourself the capacity to notice without judgment so that you can make purposeful choices as a leader.
In the context of the SPA curriculum you will be participating in a daily morning practice that introduces different strategies for learning how to be in relationship to your own sense, feelings, and experience – cultivating your awareness through practice and reflection. You will engage with this practice for the 5 weeks that you will be at SPA for both summers maintaining a journal of observations on your daily practice and weekly reflections on content of your journal.
This seminar explores how culture influences the enactment of emotional competence and social competence in cross-cultural, intercultural interactions. Considerable emphasis will be placed on understanding the connections between culture, identity and diversity combined with exploring implications for school leadership. We begin by framing “thinking styles” as a form of diversity and examine the various ways diverse thinking styles influence a variety of leadership practices including communication, problem solving, decision making, measurement and ultimately performance. Lastly, participant will receive “Intercultural Sensitivity Assessment” results at the individual, group and cohort level as data to consider how their individual and collective level of intercultural competence impacts the work of their integrative school project.