Wisdom Leaders Institute

The institute enables participants to build new mindsets, skill sets and networks to significantly increase their capacity to serve as senior leaders of their organizations.

Each institute focuses on a specific theme (for example, global warming, trafficking of women, eradicating malaria, war in the Middle East) and provides participants with cutting-edge theory and practice in leadership, organizational change and renewal, and wisdom, as well as access to a plethora of new networks and relationships across the four sectors.

Participants work on projects in cross-sector cohorts (small groups of 4 leaders) over a 6-month period, culminating in a series of interactive presentations on their projects and next steps.

How the Wisdom Leaders Institute works:

Prior to the start of the institute, each participant is oriented by a faculty member in a one-to-one introductory coaching phone call. Each participant receives ongoing one-to-one coaching throughout the next six months.

The institute then kicks off with a two-day program that has three purposes: 1) participants meet and begin to develop relationships across industries and sectors; 2) participants learn about the connections between leadership, organizational change and renewal, and wisdom; and 3) participants work together, in large and small groups, to devise a project topic that addresses one aspect of the program theme, is specific enough to be completed in the 6-month timeframe, and takes into account the participants’ particular backgrounds, skill sets and interests.

Each participant belongs to two cohorts throughout the program: a “Solo-Sector Cohort” comprised of other participants in the same sector (e.g., all participants from the corporate sector; or all participants from the non-profit sector, etc.), and a “Cross-Sector Cohort” comprised of one participant from each of the sectors (e.g., one participant from the corporate sector, one from the non-profit sector, one from government, and one from academia).

The purpose of the Solo-Sector Cohorts is to provide a “home base” for all participants where they can develop relationships with others in their field who may “speak the same language” but who also may have somewhat different areas of expertise or approaches to their work.

The purpose of the Cross-Sector Cohorts is to enable fresh, new dialogue and action on the world’s toughest problems. It is through this collaboration among leaders from the four sectors—corporate, governmental, non-profit and academia—that new partnerships and ideas – and the ability to support those ideas – inevitably emerges.

After the first two-day program, each Cross-Sector Cohort meets on a regular basis (on a schedule of their choice) over the following three months to finalize their project topic and conduct the background research necessary to build a compelling case to support the validity of their project topic.

Three months after the first meeting, all participants will be invited back for a one-day meeting in which they will, group by group, present their project plans to the Institute Partners (senior leaders from each of the sponsoring and participating organizations). Partners will provide feedback to the groups, possibly including, but not limited to, ideas on how their organizations can support the groups’ ongoing work.

After that, over the next three months, the Cross-Sector Cohorts will launch their projects. They will continue to build new relationships and support, and take the actions needed to fulfill on Phase I of their project missions, including meeting project milestones and goals.

At the end of the six-month period, all participants will be invited back for a final two-day meeting. The meeting has two main purposes: 1) participants will continue to develop leadership capacity through presentations and practice on the topics of leadership, organizational change and renewal, and wisdom; and 2) participants will present the status of their projects: the progress they’ve made during Phase I, and the work that still needs to be done.

Who Should Attend:

Participants who have been nominated by their organizations’ senior leadership based on outstanding leadership potential and demonstrated commitment to service.

Participants represent the best and brightest in the corporate, non-profit, governmental and academic sectors.

Benefits for Your Organization:

Sponsoring corporate organizations benefit by:

  • Receiving cutting-edge leadership development for your highest potential leaders
  • Developing significantly increased depth and breadth of relationships, networks and potential partnerships across industries and sectors, at the senior and high-potential leadership levels of your organization
  • Accelerating your organizations’ direct contribution to transforming the toughest, most complex issues of our time that are directly related to your company’s mission

Participating governmental and non-profit organizations benefit by:

  • Receiving cutting-edge leadership development for your highest potential leaders (subsidized by a corporate sponsor)
  • Developing significantly increased depth and breadth of relationships, networks and potential partnerships across industries and sectors, at the senior and high-potential leadership levels of your organization
  • Deepening and renewing your organizations’ ability to fulfill on its mission

Participating academics benefit by:

  • Increasing your ability to collect data in partnership with people working on the most pressing social issues of our time
  • Developing significantly increased depth and breadth of relationships, networks and potential partnerships across industries and sectors
  • Receiving cutting-edge leadership development applicable to classroom teaching, administrative duties and beyond (greatly subsidized by a corporate sponsor)

All participants benefit by:

  • Being formally acknowledged as a high-potential leader in your organization
  • Gaining access to some of the greatest thinkers and practitioners in the fields of leadership, organizational change, wisdom and conflict transformation
  • Developing leadership capacity based on the latest research, theory and practice
  • Building strong working relationships and potential partnerships with other leaders across industries and sectors
  • Helping to transform a pressing social issue aligned with your organization’s mission

Finally, people and places across the globe benefit through your commitment to address the toughest social issues of our time.

For more information about how you or your organization can get involved, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler
jgoldman@alignmentstrategiesgroup.com

“All of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal