Any thoughts on facilitating a creative leadership session?

June 9, 2006

I’ve been invited to facilitate a short session as part of the final day of the Matrix programme at Common Purpose here in Dublin. I am a past graduate (2003/2004) of the programme which seeks to bring leaders from all sectors together over the course of a year to explore their sectors, and to also explore how they can lead outside of their “authority” or organisations.
The session I am going to facilitate is called “Creative leadership” and part of the task is to invite the participants to reflect on their experience over the past twelve months. I’m playing with a way of working that might invite them to consider three things: How they have taken on their leadership; How they have awarded leadership and how they have followed….We’ve only a short amount of time (an hour and a half) and I’d love to get some input from readers as to how we could use the time creatively … I’m open to throwing my lens out the window – any takers? I will of course come back and let you know what happens…

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  1. I have a friend who was on Common Purpose in UK. Very impressive programme, I thought. She gained a huge increase in personal confidence and skill from it.
    How about getting people to draw pictures of their leadership and followership, and displaying and explaining their images?
    Presumably they’ll all be verbally articulate; so this might stretch them creatively.
    Another possibility would be to get them (individually or in couples) to write a short series of Haiku: capturing the essence of their learning about leadership.
    Have fun.

  2. Hi Paul – thanks for those ideas…I had thought about the Haiku one before..I’m useless at composing them but it might be fun to combine it and an appreciative inquiry approach in the morning – so I’ll let you know how it goes.

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