Leadership Learning Circle: Rising Leaders

Leaders whose jobs in the best of times can be challenging, are especially stretched in these tough times. There is growing demand by rising leaders for opportunities to develop stronger ties with other leaders at similar points in their career, in order to establish a network of peers to confide in, depend on, support, and grow with.

The North STAR Center offers several Leadership Learning Circles to support the diverse needs of leaders through cohort learning offered throughout the year.

What are Leadership Learning Circles?

Each program provides facilitated discussions, peer coaching, mentoring, support, resources, and relationships. The program gives leaders the extra support they need to address the challenging issues they face on a regular basis, as well as support their commitment to learning and growth professionally.

Leadership Learning Circles are composed of 5-6 leaders committed to supporting one another. Discussions in the circles are confidential, supportive, and focused on learning and action. A trained and experienced facilitator helps participants use the circle to identify goals and resolve individual challenges. Participants meet once a week for 7 weeks to:

• share insights and reflections on session materials
• support and challenge each other
• further develop specific skills with a focus on growing as a leader

Who should attend?

The Rising Leaders Learning Circle at the North STAR Center is intended for individuals who are “rising leaders” and individuals who have begun the transition from a mid-level leadership role into a senior leadership role within their organization. The cohort will include individuals, from various sectors, who have been identified by executive leaders as candidates for this professional development opportunity or who have self-selected to continue their professional development.

When is the next program?

The program includes seven sessions over eight weeks. The sessions will be weekly for an hour and a half in length (8:30 am -10:00 am EST) on Zoom Meeting. In addition to the 10.5 total hours of time together in the Learning Circle, cohort members will have pre and post homework that should take approximately 1-2 hours to complete each week.

Session 1 – Introductions & Overview

Session 2 –  Model the Way

Session 3 –  Inspire a Shared Vision

Session 4 –  Challenge the Process

Session 5 –  Enabling Others to Act

Session 6 –  Encourage the Heart

Session 7 –  Wrap-up & Reflection

Please note, attendance at all sessions is required, given the small size of the group and the weekly discussions that will be a foundational piece of the Learning Circle.

How are each session structured?

Each session will follow a general outline, although there will be flexibility and the sessions will adjust based on the flow of the discussions. As a group, we will walk through the following each week:

  • Opening reflection by cohort members
  • Short introduction to the current session’s topic (using The Leadership Challenge and supporting materials)
  • Questions and comments about the current week’s content and pre-work
  • Discussion/exercise about how to apply the current session’s topic in our professional lives
  • Identify 1-2 takeaways from the current week’s session that can be put into practice immediately
  • Brief introduction of next week’s session topic and pre-reading materials
  • Final reflections by cohort members

What is the content based on?

Five fundamental leadership practices will ground our learning and development. The leadership practices will be based on The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner and their Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Readings, videos, and exercises will be drawn from various sources curated by the facilitator.

January Session – Cohort Full

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