McCourt School of Public Policy

The Leader as a Facilitator of Systemic Change

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About the course

In a more dynamic and connected world, command and control leadership approaches are no longer efficient as they were a few decades ago. This is because linear ways of thinking and implementing do not adapt to the non-linear reality on the ground. Effective leaders must have the facilitation skills to organize environments that are designed to thrive in non-linear processes. This not only requires facilitating groups, but also thinking about the whole system as they provide direction.

In this interactive workshop, students will learn frameworks to help think through facilitating these change processes whether within their organizations or across diverse stakeholders. They will also get a chance to learn and practice facilitation techniques designed to help them lead groups in efficient, decision making processes. We will draw on resources from the work of the Heath brothers, Jim Collins and others.

Course Goals

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

Describe how to organize support for creating change;

Examine the different rational and emotional elements inherent in leading others;

Gain insight into what it takes to build successful inter-disciplinary coalitions; and

Understand and evaluate the important aspects of system thinking.

Who should attend

This course is for leaders in any public or private institution that feel stuck and know there are more efficient ways to achieve results with their teams. This could be:

  • Government employees doing herculean efforts navigating the bureaucracy of the system;
  • Managers at companies interested improving their bottom line while keeping employee morale high;
  • Professionals at non-profit wanting to channel their organization’s sense of purpose into new initiatives that generate high impact and revenue.

Trust the experts

Andres Marquez-Lara

Andres Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of Promethean Community, LLC, a social enterprise devoted to the facilitation of systemic change in Latin America and the Caribbean. His company designs interactive workshops for community and organizational leaders that strengthen and leverage col...


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