Course and Content

Leadership requires a deep level of self-knowledge. The course offers participants different practices of self-reflection, meditation and mindfulness. It is designed out of an anthroposophical understanding of leadership as well as a variety of current leadership concepts like Theory U. It aims to create a learning environment where participants explore and dialogue ideas and concepts, and practice tools and skills.

This course is an invitation for leaders to develop a leadership practice aligned with a vision and image of the future we want to see. It is based on a holistic understanding of the human being and his or her potential.

The course explores questions such as:
How do leaders learn to build a future aligned with a positive vision of society as a whole? How can leaders develop this vision, as well as the skills and capacities needed to lead from a larger social perspective? How can they access their intention and awareness and align their inner life with outer actions in service of this vision? What inner work does this form of leadership require? What kinds of partnerships and networks need to be developed to meet these challenges?

Intensive Week

January 31st - February 4th 2021, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

A specific focus in the Intensive Week will be: How to find a new balance between the necessity to always develop once own enterprise further and at the same time to step into the responsibility for our societies at large and to find ways to give healthy and supporting impulses in both directions.

Module I: Leading in turbulent Times

November 8th - 11th, 2021, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Module I enables participants to engage in a process of making sense out of the current reality we are operating in. Together, participants identify the patterns of current challenges and opportunities, how these patterns impact work in the different sectors, and what structural and systemic issues underlie these challenges. Participants will explore core anthroposophical concepts such as a deeper understanding of the threefold nature of the human being and the social organism. During this module, participants will also explore state-of-the-art leadership skills and practice applying them to the challenges they face in their current fields of work. This includes techniques for mindfulness and self-reflection, as well as for activating artistic processes. The course will conclude by identifying personal-change projects and peer groups.

Between Module I and II

Between the two modules participants will engage on three levels via:

1.Individual Coaching: each participant will be coached by one of the program instructors;

2.Peer Coaching: participants will work in peer coaching groups of 3-4 people;

3.Change project: participants will use the learnings from Module I to initiate a personal change project in their respective work environments.

Module II: Initiating and Sustaining Change

February 14th - 17th, 2022, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Module II will build on the specific context and questions relevant the participants, and will draw upon the experiences gained during the change project and the coaching work. One core focus will be to understand the driving forces for sustaining change.

Methodology

The program is based on the assumption that developing and advancing leadership capacities requires a highly dialogical learning environment. The program will build upon the questions and challenges that participants are confronted with in their work. Program participants will represent different sectors such as business, agriculture, health, education etc. This diversity will allow participants to enter into a wide-range of perspectives regarding current societal reality.