As we continue into the twenty first century, our organizations and communities face persistent, social and ecological challenges that call for a new type of leader. This new, inclusive and engaged leader, understands that these complex challenges at the organizational, local, regional, national and global levels, can only be met by creating and maintaining an environment where relationship building and collaboration flourish between and across diverse perspectives, experiences, individuals, and groups.
The Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership develops effective leaders through its professional development programs and related resources. The Center helps individuals and groups gain the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed to collaborate effectively in on-going creation and renewal of their institutions and the communities they serve.
The Three Principles of Inclusive and Engaged Leaders are:
- Develops processes and structures, both internal and external, that facilitate relationship building and collaboration across diverse groups and individuals
- Cultivates and sustains strong and effective interpersonal and intergroup relationships with diverse individuals and groups both internally and externally
- Works collaboratively to understand and affect constructive social and ecological renewal and change both internally and externally
The Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership was established in September 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Division of Continuing Education, Outreach, and E-Learning.