Dialogue & Facilitative Leadership (Speaker: Patricia Maulden)

Patricia A. Maulden

Facilitative leadership focuses on individual and group reflections, understandings, and needs, and has the potential to be transformational. Radical acceptance as the wisdom of not making a bad situation worse by curbing the ego and keeping clear and focused is difficult but fundamental to effective leadership. Through listening to understand, asking questions when disagreements occur, backing the individual ego out of the discussion, and honoring individual positions, leaders become competent in understanding conflict dynamics  and reducing negative responses. As these dynamics occur and continue positive, coherent group organization and communication can develop and be maintained. Dialogue (not debate or force) can be integral to recognizing multiple views, human dignity, and creating a place where leadership works with constituencies and groups rather than against them.

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen