The Leopold Leadership Program is embracing a leadership model that encourages individuals to cross boundaries and work collaboratively to transform systems. This collective leadership model is well-suited to academic researchers who rely on broad networks to advance sustainability.
Leopold fellows hone a unique set of competencies that allow them to become agents of change. First, they recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, and then develop strategies for reaching out to others. Through this relational framework, they gain insights on how best to create alignment among those involved and how to build—and sustain—momentum on a project. The key leadership dimensions that are offered in the program are:
Reflect: Assess challenges and strengths
Inquire: Gather multiple perspectives
Connect: Understand context and networks
Engage: Create alignment on shared goals and directions
Strategize: Develop credible, relevant solutions
Empower: Inspire ongoing action