Transformational Collaborations in Leadership

Session #5 of Leading From the Inside Out: Transforming Leadership 2019 Program
June 19, 2019

As a leader, you are often faced with complex problems having a variety of contributing factors, impinging on the success of any one solution you come up with.  As a leader, you will want to attack the problem with the best information possible to solve it.  

Complex problems require a diversity of voices and expertise working in collaboration to solve them.  The collaborative practices you choose to exercise as a leader have the power to elevate innovation and creativity at the problem-solving table. Collaborative practices and relationship building are key skills to foster for any leader who seeks to tackle the most wicked problems.

This workshop will explore transformational collaborative practices in leadership.  It will invite participants to assess their current collaborative experiences and practices and start to define for themselves examples of transformational practices in collaboration.  As a leader, it’s important to build strong relationships that are sustainable, productive and transformative.  This workshop will build your capacity to identify, foster and implement collaborative practices that can be transformational in life. 

Participants will: 

  • Explore fundamental building blocks to building a sense of community that lend itself to collaborative learning and problem-solving spaces.
  • Explore a number of collaborative approaches identified in research, exercised by various cultures and utilized by government, community groups and organizations.
  • Define elements of collaborative spaces, inclusive facilitation, dynamic and innovative problem-solving environments.
  • Identify the differences between transactional and transformational relationships.
  • Identify what transformational environments can do to work-life balance and well-being.

Interactive Component: Participants will be led through individual and small group activities using case studies, media clips and other tools to activate and energize their collaboration muscles throughout the session.

About the Presenter: 

Leslee White-Eye is the former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the nation’s 1st elected woman chief.  She is Anishinaabe Ojibwe Kwe, mother, wife and community advocate with a focus on community development.  Prior to being Chief, Leslee was an Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education writing curriculum, supporting school boards in Indigenous education and coordinating the development of the first two Native Studies textbooks to be added to the Trillium List, Ontario’s approved textbook list.    

Leslee was recently honoured to receive an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Western University.  She earned her Political Science and Master of Education degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and her teaching degree at Nipissing University in North Bay.  She has served as a trustee on Chippewa’s Thunderbird Trust for eight years and currently sits as corporate trustee on Wasauksing First Nation’s M’tigo Min Trust.  She also sits as a Board member of Kings’ University College in London, Ontario. She currently works in Indigenous education and governance for eight First Nations in Ontario seeking jurisdiction over education.  

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