Skills and Competencies of Emergent Leadership

The intention of this page is to articulate the concepts, skills (what you learn to do), and competencies (concepts + skills) you cultivate in one of the flagship programs, Emergent Leadership.

To be an emergent leader is to be a person who patiently waits until she can see the vision with more clarity, and quickly rise up to assume a leadership role unlike that of ‘assigned leadership’. The ability to emerge as a leader is a special gift and is a catalyst for perhaps long overdue, bottom-up and inside-out system change.

The intention of Emergent Leadership, the learning experience, is to refine the capacity to act without ego, to collaborate, to restructure our lives, to serve more people, to prevent the challenges we currently face, and to shape a world that serves more of us.

How might we bring ourselves from where we are, to where we are going? We believe the mastery of emergent leadership by more people is one of the answers. To work towards that master, we explore four themes, or, The Four Movements, to describe the various phases one finds herself throughout the process.

Humanity: Becoming human again.

On the journey to be and know, we explore the following concepts and skills:

  • essence
  • checking-in
  • intention
  • being
  • presencing
  • sensing
  • intuition
  • boundaries
  • ethics / values
  • purpose

Learn how to cultivate the following competencies by using the concepts and skills listed above:

Understands who they are, what’s important to them, and how they invest their time.

Actively cultivates sensitivity to other’s feelings.

Recognizes when a person is suffering and takes action to provide support.

Openly shares their feelings with peers and instructors to support the strengthening of social bonds and building of trust.

Practices active and deep listening in personal and professional environments.

Open, willing, and able to change directions.

Natural motivation leads to their ability to bounce back from failures and missteps.

Community: Finding the others who believe what you believe.

Aligning on a purpose for change explores the following concepts and skills:

  • convening
  • showing up
  • holding space
  • observation
  • listening
  • relating
  • sharing
  • imagination
  • crystallizing

Learn how to cultivate the following competencies by using the concepts and skills listed above:

Relationship Building
Comfortable initiating and participating in one-on-one conversations with new people and existing peers.

Organizational Culture
Self-organized a team with their peers and intentionally defined the cultural elements of the organization.

Social Diversity
Evaluates existing team differences in backgrounds/beliefs and works with team to define specific ways to include more diverse perspectives.

Distributed Teamwork
Well-practiced in collaborating with team members across a range of continents, time zones, and backgrounds.

Digital Fluency
Highly literate in technology, quickly adopts new tools, and able to source digital solutions based on current challenges.

Virtual Meetings
Collaborates with team members to organize meeting times, schedule calendar invites, and facilitate virtual meetings.

Internet Collaboration
Participate in synchronous/asynchronous team collaboration so all team members participate in projects based on time zone availability.

Innovation: Discovering where you might serve and how you’ll co-create a new tomorrow.

Learn from one another and move towards a new tomorrow. Co-create what’s needed to manifest the desired future by exploring the following concepts and skills:

  • feedback
  • discovery
  • uncertainty
  • complexity
  • ambiguity
  • resilience
  • adaptability
  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving
  • prototyping
  • journey maps
  • iteration
  • validation

Competencies you learn how to cultivate by using the concepts and skills listed above:

Ethnographic Research
Immersed into a community to build relationships, gain a deeper understanding of the people, and begin to identify unmet needs.

Complex Problem Solving
Independently navigated an ambiguous problem space to conduct a range of research methods in pursuit of a research question / problem statement.

Social Venture Prototyping
Analyzed research findings to uncover insights into opportunities to launch a venture that makes an impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

CSS / HTML / WordPress
Modified existing HTML and CSS. Wrote new CSS from scratch using a live CSS editor on WordPress.

Impact: Reimagining business to evolve as an organization unlike we have ever seen before.

Carve out a place in the new economy by exploring what the following concepts are:

  • interdependence
  • cooperation
  • transparency
  • standardization
  • partners
  • subscriptions
  • integrations
  • open-source

Competencies you learn how to cultivate by using the concepts and skills listed above:

Actively seeks out and builds relationships with marginalized people with the intention of including their voice in the main conversation.

Cross-Sector Partnerships
Develops strategic relationships with collaborators across the social systems in order to maximize and sustain a collective impact on specific social and environmental problems.

Social Diversity II
Values and embraces diversity in the workplace including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and age. Leveraging social and cultural differences to redefine social norms and generate new ideas. Using professionalism and interpersonal skills to establish rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.

Learn more about the story behind Emergent Leadership in a previous article, “These walls can no longer hold.”


The Four Movements as a Methodology

Evidence-based methodology to evolve people, organizations, and social systems to serve the root causes of today’s social, environmental, and spiritual challenges.

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