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Cultivating Power-Conscious, Authentic Leaders

Authentic Leadership encourages leaders  to bring themselves fully and creatively to their leadership challenges and to invite others to do the same. To become an authentic leader involves expanding self-awareness and presence, cultivating good communication skills and leading with both vulnerability and courage–many of the things that we are already skilled to help our coachees with. However, power dynamics can sometimes derail leaders’ best of intentions and create awkward moments that erode trust.  

In this session we will explore the 5 types of power and will strengthen your ability to help your coachees understand the power they have and how to wield it skillfully with empathy and compassion. This is particularly important in our diverse work environments in which power is distributed unevenly in society and yet we seek to create inclusive workplaces. 

Authentic Leadership requires that we deepen our ability to self-reflect, strengthen our skill to be responsive, rather than reactive, and cultivate connection and compassion in order to inspire and motivate others. However, unconscious power dynamics can interfere with these good intentions. Integrating Right Use of Power concepts and practices into this approach strengthens our ability to lead with integrity and empathy by enhancing access to our personal power and acknowledging the impact that role and status power have in all of our interactions.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the role of authenticity in cultivating trust and engagement in the workplace

  2. Understand how the “Right Use of Power” can enhance one’s ability to lead with integrity and heart

  3. Learn and apply the 3 core competencies of Authentic Leadership

  4. Explore the 5 types of power and how they influence leadership roles

  5. Discuss how to effectively bring these skills into the workplace
Susan Skjei SUSAN SKJEI, PH.D., PCC Over the last 25 years Susan has worked with thousands of leaders in the US, Canada and Europe to cultivate mindfulness and authenticity, strengthen relational, coaching and strategic skills, and effectively lead the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world. She has a unique ability to create energetic and high trust learning environments that accelerate the achievement of practical organizational results while building strong, collaborative relationships. Susan is a faculty member for the Right Use of Power Institute and teaches in the Core and Teacher Training programs. She has been a PCC certified coach since 2006. Formerly a Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer in the technology sector and an international consultant, she was also the founder and Director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. She enjoys hiking, biking and watercolor painting. 

The session will be recorded and available to registrants after the session, but you must participate in the session live in order to receive any related Core Competency CCEs (if applicable).

CCE Units:

  • 1.5 CCEUs

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
ICFNE Virtual Events
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 12:01 AM
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