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Leading from love programme

13 Jul 2020, Posted by Helena Clayton in Work as Love in Action

Leading from Love: putting love at the heart of your leadership
A bold and imaginative programme exploring love in the context of your leadership

As we go about the business of creating and encouraging change, what might happen if we put love at the heart of our practice? When many organisations have some pretty dehumanising management practices, how can we counter those? In leadership and in organisational development, we often ask ‘what’s the difference that could make the difference?’ Could love – whatever that might look like – be the difference? Personally, I know that it can and does and I want to explore this more widely for organisations and leadership.

Could love play a part in your leadership practice?

We often think of love as something deeply personal, something for outside of work, but love and being loving is relevant for our organisations now more than ever. My 2018 research into love in organisations showed that 94% of people felt love really mattered in the workplace.

  • Does it feel like these shifting times are offering you an opportunity to bring something new to your leadership?
  • Do you want to develop your team or your organisational culture to be a highly relational place of psychological safety and innovative practice?
  • Are you ready to extend and deepen your leadership practice by putting love at the heart of how you live and work?
  • Are you curious to know what difference love might make to you personally as well as in your leadership?

If so, then you’re in the right place.

I have developed this programme to look closely at what we mean by love and offer some radical and provocative angles to make love a robust and useful dimension to leadership. During the programme you’ll explore these and further questions with 5 other leaders, and me as your facilitator.

Who is the Leading from Love programme for?

The programme is for anyone who sees their role as being about leadership – whether in a formal role or not, in an organisation or elsewhere. You might be a senior leader in an organisation, or a first time team leader. You might have people report to you but know that you want your team to work differently. Perhaps you’re not in an organisation at all but developing a community-based movement, or someone leading a project, or a response to adapting the new and emerging world we now find ourselves.

There are three very common responses when I explore love and leadership with people in organisations. One is ‘I really get this, and I want to develop a workplace with more love in it’. And then this is often followed a second reaction of ‘but I don’t really know how to go about doing that’. And a third is that ‘love doesn’t belong in the workplace’.

This programme will address those three things directly. It will build on your interest and commitment to developing a more loving and progressive culture around you. It will also help you identify clearly what that means in practice. And it will also allow you to connect with love at a personal level.

This programme is made up of 6 x 90 minute modules, plus an hour long 1:1 coaching session with me and together we will:

  • Get to know your own personal social history through the lens of love to see what that has taught you about love, and how it shows up in your life and leadership today.
  • Explore different ways of defining love – and demystifying it – to determine what is a meaningful definition for you to work with in your teams and organisational context.
  • Understand what the conditions are that need to be present for love to arise – as well as what blocks love – in both your own life and in your organisation or team.
  • Bring this together in a vision and a practical plan for leading with love tailored to your unique way of being and leading.

Overview

Each week will explore one theme:
Week 1: The story of your leadership, through the lens of love. What has your personal social history taught you about love and what it is, and how does it show up for you today?
Week 2: Why does love matter – and why does it matter now, in our organisations and for your teams? Do we need a business case for love and what might that be?
Week 3: In what ways is it tricky or problematic to bring love into the workplace? And why? What blocks or enables love in you, and in your organisation?
Week 4: What do we mean by love? What does it mean for you personally, for the team you lead or are part of, and for your organisation?
Week 5: How might we create the conditions for love in the workplace? What would a ‘field guide’ for love in leadership contain?
Week 6: Actions and Experiments: Explore what this inquiry has raised in you and what you might do next. What ‘acts of leadership’ might this inquiry lead to?

Each session will be a mix of input, paired conversation and whole group discussion plus some experiential activity.

The group

Working with 5 other leaders from different sectors and organisations, there will be:

  • A rich and stimulating mix of perspectives almost certainly unlike your own.
  • Learning from other leaders about what works and what doesn’t and where the ‘edges of love’ might be in their leadership and organisations.
  • Support, challenge and inspiration from your peers.
  • A sense of belonging to a tribe and a community of like-minded people.
  • A chance to explore a rarely discussed topic.

Programme requirements
Private space, uninterrupted allocation of time for all sessions.
Facility to use Zoom.
Commitment to attend all sessions.
Undertake a short piece of preparation for each session.
An open and curious heart.
A degree of courage, because love is a tricky thing to explore in the context of organisations.

Programme dates
We will meet each week for 6 weeks, in a 90 minute Zoom call. The first cohort will run from September, every Friday between 2.30 and 4.30pm on the following dates:  18 Sept, 25 Sept, 2 Oct, 9 Oct, 16 Oct and 23 Oct.

There will also be a one hour coaching 1:1 with me via Zoom, at a time to be agreed with you, to help you explore in more detail how you might translate this work into your own life and work.

Programme cost
The price for the entire programme is: £1,100.00 ex VAT but I am offering this initial cohort at an introductory price of £595.00 ex VAT with a reduced fee for those self funding, and for non-profits.

The programme can also be run as an in-house organisational programme, perhaps for an intact team.

To book onto the programme please using helena@helenaclayton.co.uk to express your interest or call me on 07771 358881 if you have any questions or queries.

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