What is Conversational Leadership?
Conversational Leadership creates the space for learning and is held open by the participants that enable learning through dialogue in a way other forms of learning cannot. HREC facilitates this participative leadership style that welcomes and listens to diverse viewpoints, maximizes participation and civility and can transform conflict into creative cooperation.
Conversational leadership modules share these fundamental components:
- Intentionality to foster learning conversations that create new possibilities.
- There is a compelling interest, theme and/or purpose when people attend.
- Focused discussions around specifically crafted and thought-provoking questions to inspire creative conversations connecting diverse perspectives.
- The environment is made comfortable and welcoming.
- The intent is to bring forward the collective intelligence of the group by cross-pollinating ideas, inspirations and insights.
- There is the assumption that attendees will be respectful of diverse perspectives and people can freely share their thoughts without judging or being judged.
These living system trainings/workshops bring sustaining results by:
- Spurring people to try new ways of thinking together to achieve better outcomes.
- By asking questions that matter. Turning from defining what is “wrong” to asking, “What is possible?”
- People building on one another’s personal perspectives as a way to create new understanding.
- Facilitating conversations that create shared meaning that shapes individual and collective behavior.
- Harvesting the collective intelligence of the group by developing a shared picture of the future they wish to create together.
HREC engages the principles and technologies of collaborative, participative, and conversational leadership methods that strengthen our ability to respond creatively to the complexity of challenges in our organizations, communities and families.
“To authentically participate in co-creation and collaboration, it is important to hold our hearts and minds open to the diversity of the world we meet in our daily lives. I am a facilitator and host of conversations that matter. I am also a practitioner, teacher and student. In my work I am dedicated to what is possible when groups of people use powerful conversations to explore our common humanity. My life is about bringing human minds and hearts together in meaningful conversations about the challenges of our current time. These conversational and participatory leadership styles are ways of being together that call forth the co-creative intelligence that exists within any group of individuals. I believe it is imperative that we ask important questions to one another that invoke a deeper inquiry into our individual and collective lives. HREC designs and facilitates meetings and trainings in these living system formats that intentionally create healthy connections in our professional, personal and spiritual lives.”
—Carla Kelley, HREC Founder/Director
Carla was invited by The U.S. Department of State to facilitate a workshop entitled "Tolerance and Interfaith Dialogue" for varying religious leaders from 8 different African countries.
In an additional invitation from The U.S. Department of State, Carla Kelley is pictured with the international visitors from Pakistan. Carla was invited to facilitate a discussion concerning human rights and juvenile justice practices.
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