This dynamic workshop is designed for individuals who want to build their capacity for courageous leadership in the face of adversity. The 2-day virtual workshop explores courageous leadership through the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) lens using large and small group practice activities to assimilate the learned concepts through practical application. Mindfulness, Presence, and Emotional Intelligence will be used to demonstrate coping mechanisms, explore actions to be taken, and engage in role-play to bring awareness to DEI. The learned concepts can be applied to individual, team, and organizational leadership. The workshop is designed to be inclusive and encompass managers & leaders all all levels of a system, coaches, consultants, and facilitators.
Module 1: Introduction to Courageous Leadership
In Module 1, participants will explore the definition of courageous leadership through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) lens. Participants will uncover what courageous leadership looks like in action and focus on the critical elements necessary to build the “courage muscle.” Participants will investigate the conditions necessary for courage to take root in an individual, team, or organization. The module will include examples of courageous leaders and identification of courageous “watershed” moments. Participants will be introduced to practices and tools for increasing self-awareness, which can be utilized as a model for becoming a courageous leader.
Module 2: Creating the Foundation for Courageous Leadership
In Module 2, participants will focus on embracing one’s inner courage while peeling back the onion layers of personal and professional experiences that form one’s values and belief system. Topics will include numerous gap areas spotlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be provided with foundational knowledge, which will help them to discover areas of strength and development. At the end of Module 2, participants will acquire the information needed to build a foundation for their own courageous leadership and influence.
Module 3: Embracing the Courageous Leader
In Module 3, participants will explore the role of a courageous leader with a focus on identifying opportunities to exhibit courageous leadership in support of DEI. Participants will be exposed to what courageous leadership is and is not. The participants will be challenged to expand their DEI lens when faced with a decision that goes against real world popularity. Participants will experience what it means to be a courageous leader through role-play exercises, complemented by presentation materials, which offer real world experiences in a safe practice environment. Finally, participants will explore their internal and external barriers to courageous leadership.
Module 4: Implementing Courageous Leadership Practices
In Module 4, participants will explore models for implementing courageous leadership practices. Participants will realize the importance of creating anti-discrimination policies, developing real-world DEI training, and discover how to encourage a culture to support. For courageous leadership to take root, each of these is a necessity. Participants will recognize the importance of leading by example, how to be an ally and advocate in support of courageous leaders, allow for honest feedback and candor, and encourage personal and professional accountability. Participants will explore the importance of self-reflection as a critical component of ongoing growth of a courageous leader. Participants will leave the workshop with a toolkit to begin implementation of courageous leadership practices.
Upon completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:
- Demonstrate courageous leadership to advance the work of groups, build meaningful relationships, and spark courageous conversations.
- Anticipate and prepare for professional scenarios that may have challenging dynamics in which courage is a necessity for engagement.
- Practice courageous leadership strategies and interventions to demonstrate courageous leadership in action.
- Leverage a community of courageous leaders to generate ideas for future opportunities to share the courageous leadership message with teams, organizations, associations, and others.
Learn more about Courageous Leadership from program faculty on the Institute for Transformational Leadership's Podcast.
Graduates from the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University are eligible for a 10% alumni discount on select ITL courses, workshops, and seminars (certificate programs excluded). Send an email to ITLprograms@georgetown.edu to learn about your eligibility.
Participants who register at least 21 days prior to the course start date will receive a 10% tuition discount. Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.
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Shannon Cochran-Yzquierdo is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC), founder and owner of Coaching Courage, LLC, and a graduate of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Cohort 58. Shannon is a seasoned member of the United States Intelligence Community, a leadership coach, an active volunteer with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and a former classroom science teacher & athletic coach. She coaches, mentors, and consults leaders on their journey of transformation. She supports and empowers women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community strengthen their leadership capacity.
Jessica Robledo spent 34 years in law enforcement, four of those serving as a Police Chief in a Texas town. With a servant's heart, she championed innovative, equitable, and transparent law enforcement solutions with the community she served. Jessica is an advocate for women in law enforcement and first responder resilience. Her favorite quote is, "Don't judge someone's broken fence; admire the flowers in their garden."