3. Exploring the Inner World I

Pause. Take a breath. Ahhh, that feels good.

The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of impulses, insights and new ideas. What did you notice about your journey? Did you enjoy, experience new things and maybe sometimes even feel overwhelmed, struggling to keep up? Maybe you felt drawn to a particular aspect of the MOOC, maybe you connected with others – or maybe you dropped out for a while: It’s all good. There is no way to do this journey wrong.

Re-orient yourself:

  • At the beginning, we invited you to create your personal leadership challenge map. What is the question you focus on and you are exploring further in these seven weeks?

  • In week 1, we invited you to orient yourself: Which leadership competency (related to your selected challenge) will be your guiding star on your journey?

  • Last week, we explored a set of global leadership issues.  How does the external environment of your leadership challenge look like? What new insights did you gain and want to explore further?

Review how the course works.

Take time to continue the journey where you are – build your map, explore the competencies or dive (further) into the external context of your leadership challenge.

This week, we’re slowing down to give ourselves time to connect. What do we sense in our exploration of the leadership landscapes and global issues? What direction is emerging and how is it connected with our personal values and beliefs? The awareness of our own and collective values as well as the values of our fellow beings goes hand in hand with leadership for global responsibility.

Reflect & Connect

Where are you on your journey? Use your Learning Journal to reflect about your learning process. Or start your journal (see instructions).

Connect with others and meet in dialogue:

  • We encourage you to conduct a dialogue interview with a peer and practice deep listening. Find guidance for your Dialogue Interviews.
  • If you have participated in a dialogue interview with a peer already, you might want to deepen your dialogue practice.
  • Share your insights from the dialogues with your interview partner and in the treasures of the week.

To start moving towards inner landscapes try a Value Reflection – or you leave it for next week.


Webinar: Mindfulness as a Leadership Practice (Thu, 17 April)

17 April 2014, 13:00-14:15 UTC / GMT (check your local time)
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Open Space: Sensing into the Inner World (Mon, 21 April)

21 April 2014, 13:00-14:15 UTC / GMT (check your local time)
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  About values and leadership

"We hold the positions that values and competencies cannot and should not be predefined and fixed contentwise for international Leadership Development Programmes [...] There are several reasons for this. Taking into account as well as respecting international diversity it depends on the contexts, cultures and challenges that leaders and organizations are dealing with that define the specific values and competencies that are crucial. Even then such values and competencies need to be owned and enacted by each participant to become effective. Moreover, it is important to be aware of the power shifts in international cooperation in order to avoid the dominance of discourse from one region of the world over another."

From: Christine Wank/Mohan Dhamotharan: Strengthening Leadership Capabilities for Sustainable Development. Leadership Study directed on behalf of GIZ Academy for International Cooperation (to be published in 2014).

  Reading recommendations if your mind is curious to discover more about values.


Vision Mandala- Leadership Tool (4:51)
Vision Mandala is a leadership tool designed to enable a group of diverse People to collaborate in crystallizing a desired future. It blends the past, future and now.
Give it A Rest - Susan Piver (13:39)The mind needs periods of rest. Even 10 minutes will do. Your practice is a chance to give yourself this very precious, super important space of rejuvenation and relaxation which makes your mind stronger and more flexible.