Facilitative Leadership is an intensive three-day program conducted in a retreat-like setting, preceded by a 1½ hour online introductory session. This workshop is for both new and experienced leaders, managers, and facilitators who would like to develop or improve their facilitative leadership skills. The goal is to provide experiential grounding in leading groups to have more effective and efficient meetings and to help people work together in positive and productive ways.
Before the workshop, participants are asked to do three things. First, they complete a self-assessment instrument. They complete the same assessment 6 months to a year later, which gives us a good indication of the impact of the training. Second, they are asked to read a few articles and chapters on facilitative leadership. And third, they are invited to attend an online meeting to discuss these and brainstorm best practices.
During the workshop participants practice a variety of techniques, skills, and tools. They learn to lead discussions effectively; use divergent tools to generate ideas; use convergent tools to reach consensus; and use tools for developing action plans, encouraging creativity, setting outcome-based goals, and keeping a group focused. Every participant facilitates during the workshop and receives extensive written and verbal feedback from the instructors and colleagues in the course. All practice facilitations are based on real-world situations brought in by the participants.
Enrollment is limited to 24 people who are divided into four small groups, each led by an instructor, to allow time for every participant to practice facilitating and receive feedback. Participants are expected to be present for the duration of the workshop, which includes evening sessions. By the end of the workshop, participants are excited to begin applying what they’ve learned in their own settings. Our impact data show that participants’ leadership confidence and competence have significantly increased, and that most have used tools learned to plan and lead meetings with their teams and organizations, and in their communities. Click the heading to get to the registration for the session September 9-11, 2014.
Facilitative Leadership Introduction
Click on the title to view a 7 minutes introduction to this powerful and dynamic approach to leadership.
Other Leadership Development Opportunities
There are three stellar leadership development programs available to MSU Extension employees. More information about each can be found at the websites below.
- National Extension Leadership Development (NELD). Their mission is "To build leaders in Cooperative Extension at all levels and provide them with the vision, courage, and tools to lead in a changing world."
- Great Lakes Leadership Academy. Their mission is: To promote positive change, economic vitality and resource conservation, and to enhance the quality of life in Michigan by encouraging leadership for the common good." They have two programs: