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Authentic and inclusive leadership was explored by Eolas Soileir and their EU partners in Comhlámh in September – you can read more here from the coordinator of the project, Deirdre Quinlan.

 

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In 2015 four European partners – ALP (Austria), Eolas Soileir (Ireland), University of Malta and Kameleonte (Italy) came together to explore, discuss and develop a concept and training for ‘Authentic and Inclusive Leadership-LIND’.

Over two years we researched, discussed and learnt about what it takes to be an authentic and inclusive leader.   We devised a training concept and ran two 5 days international trainings in Malta and Italy and national trainings in each partner country.   The project was funded by the EU through the Erasmus+ adult education programme.

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The partners believe that leadership starts with oneself. It is a journey that embodies first of all self awareness and personal development. This is what motivated the partners to develop a training concept for a personal journey combining different methodological approaches and theories, where leaders can discover their way to authenticity and inclusion.

We are all leaders both of ourselves and others and we believe that leaders, who are able to see the benefit of differences and are respectful and inclusive in their approach, will be in the future more successful in finding ways to face challenges of tomorrow. People need to discover and practice their authentic leadership, as well as acknowledge the authentic potential of the others in order to value different talents and lead with a positive and appreciative approach.

Our leadership concept has in its center the individual in its wholeness and enhances relationships. For this journey, we have identified 10 characteristics or qualities that support people in being more authentic and inclusive.

These are:

  • Bringing Change
  • Creative Mind
  • Courage
  • Strengths and Intelligences
  • Inner Readiness
  • Reflective
  • Sense of Humanity
  • Wholeness
  • Building Relations
  • Open Mind

These characteristics can be nurtured through a process that include reflection, mindfulness exercises and active learning opportunities, where leaders are stepping out of their comfort zone and experience something new. In the Comhlamh offices in Sept ‘16 we ran our first dissemination event, where we introduced the concept to Irish youth and community workers.

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If you would like to learn more about the concept and receive our handbook please email Deirdre Quinlan at [email protected]

You can also download an PDF version here. 



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