This course will be taught remotely in real-time. Details here.
This course has reached maximum enrollment and is now filled. If you are interested in being contacted in the event of a cancellation, please add your name to our wait list.
Professional development for decision-makers—including administrators, directors, board and committee members, and faculty chairs—working in Waldorf schools or other workplace settings.
No matter what your position or title is, if you participate in a planning or problem-solving process in your school, business, or organization, you have leadership responsibilities. In this highly-useful course, our focus is on the practical work of being a leader and decision-maker. Through a process imbued with the anthroposophical understanding of the human being, and successfully applied in organizations from multi-million dollar nationals to Waldorf schools, Collaborative Leadership will help you learn how to improve your effectiveness as a member of your leadership team.
Each participant is asked to bring to the course his or her own organizational question, project, or challenge. Using your real-life cases, we will apply these four core models for collaborative leadership:
- Three main leadership tasks: Maintaining and creating identity / Creating space for healthy, stable relationships / Assuring professional results
- Diagnostic and planning tools: How to look at an organization as a whole and understand the dynamics of intersecting segments
- How to create processes toward healthy decision-making
- The balance between power and trust
Your course takeaway will be an individualized action plan for the question, project, or challenge you have brought with you, along with an understanding of the necessary skill set with which to execute it.
BONUS: Ongoing coaching support! To support you as you implement throughout the year what you have learned and practiced during the summer, this course includes conference calls facilitated by co-instructor Jessica Heffernan Ziegler scheduled from October through May. In these one-and-a-half-hour-long coaching conversations, you and your classmates will continue to hone your collaborative leadership skills, addressing and supporting one another’s progress and challenges—and so gain further insights, understanding, and expertise.
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 and has taught at the University of Muenster and at Germany’s first private university in Herdecke. He 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 boards of Manhattan’s Rudolf Steiner School and 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 of Collaborative Leadership and its related workshops.
Students who took Collaborative Leadership in previous summers had this to say:
~ This course exceeded my expectations!
~ The experience and dedication to the whole process that our facilitators brought to a very rich and full week was very, very satisfying.
~The professional material was exceptional. The clarity of the presentation was superb.
~ Excellent content, excellent presenters.
~ There was a surprisingly beautiful balance of theory and artistic work that was completely relevant and complimentary.
~ I am working in a school, yet I know I can also apply this training to any business.
~ The coaching calls have been helpful on several levels… having a like-minded community of school leadership team members reflecting on the same topic at the same time deepens the quality of our leadership process (and keeps) our summer work focused and moving forward.
~ Thank you for one of the best weeks I have experienced here.
This course runs Sunday evening, July 26-Friday noon, July 31, in a synchronous online classroom. See main summer page for times and format.
$600 includes all materials, and coaching sessions running from October through May. See main summer page for discount options.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.