Who Are Reconciliation Leaders?
Reconciliation Leaders are practical idealists who offer a systems approach to leadership and peace building. Their approach grows from their personal mission, skill building, and a commitment to be at peace in themselves and in service to others. Reconciliation Leaders are committed to find balance among career, home life, and reflection time, using a methodology to deal with the high level of stress in their own and in other people’s lives.
At this important moment in our history, Reconciliation Leaders offer a compelling vision and broad worldview. Although they respond to crisis, they support the commitment of their groups and institutions. They have the courage to refrain from advocating their own solutions to a problem, while eliciting solutions from the people who will live through those issues.
The Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program is offered to emerging and seasoned leaders who see it as their mission to join others in creating a just, multiethnic, intercultural sustainable peace – in their community, or in an institutional, national or global setting.
The Program’s multifaceted goals include:
- Provide a leadership experience based on mission-focused service.
- Provide an academic curriculum combined with vocational, spiritual and psychological education for healthy multiethnic communities, institutions, nations and global situations.
- Motivate and support the work of reconciliation by men and women around the world.
- Serve and provide renewal and resources for emerging and seasoned mission-focused leaders in institutions, organizations, communities, nations and international affairs.
- Educate leaders in the philosophy and techniques of creating reconciling environments, combining visionary, historic and pragmatic approaches.
- Provide leaders with new thinking for conflict prevention, and healing from historic, organizational, community, and global social, environmental and economic conflicts.
Graduates of the Program may:
- Provide Reconciliation Leaders for a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service for peaceful settlement of disputes (Chapter 33, UN Charter) locally, nationally and internationally.
- Assist multiethnic and intercultural communities, institutions and nations to build trusting and healthy relationships.
- Address and heal the cycle of violence, taking a broader perspective than simply perpetrator or victim.
- Mediate and transform highly stressful situations.
- Create conditions of respect, tolerance, and healing.
- Encourage peace, health and sustainability.
- Champion the sanctity of life.
- Encompass a fulfilled personal and professional life.
How Is the Reconciliation Leadership Program Taught?
The learning methodology of Reconciliation Leaders provides personal, interpersonal, systemic and global competency building — integrated with mission-focused training. Participant leaders learn new skills and develop their own mission statement with sensitive and skilled guidance. The program is unique because it helps leaders tap their internal strengths to better promote peaceful resolutions to conflict. The approach has broad applications to family feuds, community and national disputes, and even global challenges. The methods learned are useful to professional and international peacemakers as well as anyone interested in creating a just, sustainable, multiethnic and intercultural world community. Participants from all sectors are welcome and may participate in the full program or only the Introduction sequence.
To learn more about Reconciliation Leadership
- “As I See It–Finding Spirituality is a Remedy for Political Incivility” by Virginia Swain, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, October 30, 2006.
- “Finding Peace Through Inner Strength: Worcester writer helps others chart course in turbulent times,” Worcester Telegram and Gazette, September 1, 2006.
- “Dedicated Visionaries Keep Faith in World Governance.” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 19, 2006.
- “Learning to Lead in Harmony.” Worcester Telegram and Gazette, March 14, 2005.
- “Local Expert Backs UN.” Worcester Telegram and Gazette, December 26, 2004.
- “Partners in Peace,” Salve Regina, September 2002
Reconciliation Leadership Courses and Certificate Program
You are invited to take one course or become part of the individualized Certificate Program for busy people.
Faculty: Virginia Swain, Director, Institute for Global Leadership
For information on how to apply and register:
The application process consists of interview, application, and discussion with Virginia Swain, Director. Call 508-753-4172 or 508-245-6843 (mobile), or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Applicants are asked to peruse Coaching Leaders and Teams to assure resonance with the Institute for Global Leadership’s approach to leadership and development. Inquiries are welcome.
Individual course tuition rates are available upon request.