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The Four Core Elements of Successful Leadership

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Leadership PK3_6001 ResizedThe newest workshop in our Collaborative Leadership: Mastering the Essentials series

Inspiring * Intervening * Steering * Coaching

These are the four core leadership skills essential to running a team, committee, or organization. Based on the backdrop of the Threefold social organism, this modern approach to leadership allows you to create a dialogue with those with whom you work. As a leader, however, it’s crucial not only to master these four qualities, but to understand when and how to apply them. Which scenarios call out for coaching, and when would you be better off intervening? How can you prepare yourself to react with clarity and resolution when needed in routine circumstances, and with flexibly and sensitivity when called for in unforeseen (and unforeseeable) situations?

In this latest “Collaborative Leadership” workshop, designed for decision-makers working in any organization or business, we will unpack these four core leadership skills, drilling down in each area to thoroughly explore each element. Through large and small group work, along with individual reflection (“What do I do well? What do I need to develop?”), and using real-life case studies taken from organizations ranging from large international corporations to Waldorf schools, this workshop will provide you with:

* Knowledge about the four core leadership skills (and their applications)
* Opportunity for practical exercises (to see what you are already good at and what you might want to work on)
* Open space for exchanging and discussing (approaching questions and problems with the focus on finding solutions)

* Inspiration (for personal growth, leading to organizational growth)

You will leave with the tools needed to deepen your capacities, expand your skills, and further your development as a successful leader.



Our “Collaborative Leadership: Mastering the Essentials” workshop series complements and expands upon the work of our “Collaborative Leadership” summer course. While previous Sunbridge Leadership course or workshop participants are especially encouraged to attend—as each experience builds upon the other—you need not have had prior Sunbridge Leadership experience to get the most out of this workshop.



Joachim Ziegler, PhD, has been working in the fields of Organizational Development and Human Resources Development since 1994. A partner in MIRA Companions for Development, an international consulting group, Joachim’s current list of American and international clients encompasses the banking, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing sectors, as well as anthroposophical institutions and Waldorf schools. Joachim is a member of the College of Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum and the international Association for Social Development. He has taught at the University of Muenster and at Germany’s first private university in Herdecke. Joachim holds an MA in Adult Education and a PhD in Medical Education.

Jessica Heffernan Ziegler has been the Executive Director of Sunbridge Institute since 2008; previously, she taught collaboration and group dynamics in Sunbridge College’s Administration, Biography, and Elementary Teacher Education programs. Jessica has worked as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf school administrators and teachers, as well as other professionals, in diverse institutions and schools in both the US and Germany. She served as the first administrator and as a board member at a Waldorf school she co-founded in Everswinkel, Germany; is a partner in MIRA Companions for Development, an international consulting group; and sits on the Board of the Otto Specht School in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Jessica, who holds a BS in Business Management, did her biography training with Karl-Heinz Finke and her executive coach training with SECA International. Her professional focus on leadership skills, governance issues, and personnel development are utilized in both her Executive Director position and in her work as co-instructor (with Joachim Ziegler) of Sunbridge’s Collaborative Leadership course and related workshops.


Friday, April 21, 7-9pm
Saturday, April 22, 9am-5pm (please note new ending time)


$225, with online registration (available through 7pm, Thursday, April 20). Cost includes snacks and lunch and a $25 non-refundable registration fee.

Space permitting, we will accept walk-ins on the day of the workshop; walk-in fee is $240, payable at the door through check or credit card. (Check our website before arriving.)

Discount Options (only one discount may be applied):

  • Sunbridge teacher education program students and graduates receive a discount off the workshop price.
  • Schools sending five participants receive a rebate on the cost of the fifth registration.


Click HERE to register.


Workshop housing is available through the Threefold Educational Center and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click here to learn about housing options.


For more information, or to discuss our discount options, contact Penelope-Myles Voss,, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel any offering at any time. If Sunbridge cancels, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund. If the registrant cancels, he or she will receive a full refund less the non-refundable registration fee.  Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.


Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Sunbridge Institute
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