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Introduction to Transition Leadership

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Course Dates

Offering Number Course Start Date Course End Date
1 02/05/2022 30/05/2022

Short Course Description

The climate crisis is often described as a crisis of leadership. As dominant models of leading are increasingly failing to adequately address the complexity and uncertainty of climate and sustainability challenges, we find ourselves asking ‘What are the leadership mindsets and practices needed to effectively lead sustainability transitions?’

Transition leadership is one path forward. It is an approach that draws from a range of leadership schools of thought, such as adaptive leadership and collaborative, values-based leadership, in the context of steering sustainability transitions. At its core is a shift from individualism to collective models.

Transition is not always about adopting a new innovation or technology. Sometimes it involves letting go of and phasing out unsustainable systems, practices, and behaviours - processes that can be messy and painful. A leader’s ability to reflect on and test their assumptions, reframe mindsets, convene and engage with diverse perspectives, and facilitate dialogue are key practices.

Throughout this introductory course, participants will develop an understanding of the context, substance, and process of transition leadership. We will experiment with a ‘transition pathways’ approach which can help make sense of complex situations, create shared meaning, envision future possibilities, and enable action. Learners will have opportunities to advance their reflective leadership practice, sense of agency, and resilience.

This four-week course will be centred around live, online interactive sessions with guest contributors and peer to peer learning. Activities will include individual and group exercises, readings, videos, and participation in online discussion forums. During the four weeks, participants will work together on a group project that applies the concepts explored in the course. Total time commitment will be 25 hours or about 6 hours per week.

Course Modules

Module 1: What is Transition Leadership?

This module will orient participants to the course and to key themes in transition leadership theory and practice. Participants will: - Draw insight from theories of organizational learning, social learning and social practice - Reflect on and distinguish between change, transformation and transition, and leading versus managing - Experiment with the value of storytelling and narrative in leadership practices - Be introduced to a Transition Pathways approach

Module 2: Cultivating Inclusive Mindsets and Pathways

This module will include an opportunity to study models of Indigenous leadership, reflect on decolonizing mindsets as well as help participants: - Experiment with framing and reframing - Practice self-reflection and examine our own mindsets - Explore the value of a Transition Pathways approach

Module 3: Convening Dialogue: From Possibility to Action

This module considers how convening and facilitating dialogue with diverse perspectives is first action on any change pathway. Participants will: - Explore their own roles in creating the conditions conducive to learning, collaboration and the safe exchange of ideas - Practice collective sense-making - Apply a Transition Pathways approach to dialogue about future possibilities

Module 4: Fostering Resilience

Supporting change and steering transitions can be emotionally draining, intensive work. This module draws from ecological resilience and examines the importance of “sifting” – knowing what to retain and what to let go. This module invites participants to consider what it means to be a reflective practitioner, and - Practice personal resilience and restorative habits - Consider the value of creating communities of practice - Advance self-reflection and reframe our leadership roles

Course Outline

The four course modules are highly interconnected. Each module will include questions for reflection, readings/videos and opportunities to exchange insights in the discussion forum with peers and facilitators.

Course Overview

MODULE 1 – What is Transition Leadership?

  • Draw insight from theories of organizational learning, social learning and social practice
  • Reflect on and distinguish between change, transformation and transition, and leading versus managing
  • Experiment with the value of storytelling and narrative in leadership practices
  • Be introduced to a Transition Pathways approach

MODULE 2 – Cultivating Inclusive Mindsets and Pathways

This module will include an opportunity to study models of Indigenous leadership, reflect on decolonizing mindsets as well as help participants:

  • Experiment with framing and reframing
  • Practice self-reflection and examine our own mindsets
  • Explore the value of a Transition Pathways approach

MODULE 3 – Convening Dialogue: From Possibility to Action

This module considers how convening and facilitating dialogue with diverse perspectives is first action on any change pathway. Participants will:

  • Explore their own roles in creating the conditions conducive to learning, collaboration and the safe exchange of ideas
  • Practice collective sense-making
  • Apply a Transition Pathways approach to dialogue about future possibilities

MODULE 4 – Fostering Resilience

Supporting change and steering transitions can be emotionally draining, intensive work. This module draws from ecological resilience and examines the importance of “sifting” – knowing what to retain and what to let go. This module invites participants to consider what it means to be a reflective practitioner, and

  • Practice personal resilience and restorative habits
  • Consider the value of creating communities of practice
  • Advance self-reflection and reframe our leadership roles

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of this course, participants will have:

  • Examined new conceptualizations of leadership for sustainability transitions and climate action
  • Explored the importance of learning as an act of leadership
  • Reflected on the role of power and the conditions conducive to an inclusive leadership approach
  • Explored a transition pathways approach to dialogue about possible futures
  • Considered their role as a reflective practitioner and the value of cultivating personal resilience
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Course Design Statements

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Instructor

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Nadine Gudz

A seasoned sustainability leader and Clean50 honouree, Nadine led corporate sustainability strategy, partnership development and employee engagement initiatives for sustainable business pioneer, Interface Inc. for over ten years. Currently completing her Ph.D. in sustainability education and organizational change, she’s Faculty for the Graduate Certificate program in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Nadine is a LEED accredited professional who has served on the Boards of the National Zero Waste Council, US Green Building Council Education Advisory Committee and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.