Leadership should be integrated, collaborative, and connected to community practice. It’s common sense.
The challenge is, it is not common practice.
“We are working in Bendigo with women through the Compass initiative and with Be.Bendigo on The Rob Hunt Transformational Leadership Development Program, because it is a small, vibrant, intelligent, opportunity filled regional community. Bendigo is unique. We think a critical mass of like-minded leaders – from the most senior to entry point, from operations to social entrepreneur – has a real chance to consciously contribute to the culture of Bendigo and the Greater Region. Some 60 women in the community are now part of the Compass network, a significant women in leadership initiative. At 100, we have a movement.”
Swinburne Leadership Institute did an interesting study in 2015 on Leadership for the Greater Good. It concluded that, among many less than encouraging conclusions, that trust in corporate leadership was at an all-time low; just 26%.
Trust is the backbone of collaboration (identified in the emerging study of evolutionary psychology as central to healthy community evolution). Collaboration produces greater innovation, engagement, accountability, self-awareness, development and, curiously, fun. Fun leads to better health.
In this space women come into their own. We cannot know how much of the researched contribution women bring is environmental but we can say, if encouraged, women together are more collaborative, inclusive, have a legacy mindset and can be trusted with assets and money – a little more so than their male counter parts.
Our work with women focusses on some simple propositions in a unique way. We don’t endeavour to ‘teach’ anything in particular. Instead we uncover why we so often don’t do what we want to do, for ourselves as a crucial starting point, and consequently, over time, with and for others.
To do this with nearly 100 women in a small community is a wonderful example of community based leadership and real collaboration.
Women discover something wonderful – we are not hierarchical, the issues we are addressing are as true for the most senior among us and the loan operator, the woman of 65 and the woman of 25.
Coming together in this context is a gift – for the individual and the collective.
The third Compass Bendigo program commences on November 14th 2017, early bird pricing for the course is available until October 5th. To register please go to https://dattnergrant.com.au/compass/public-programs/ or contact Program Manager Sarah Green on firstname.lastname@example.org