The Global Leadership Academy creates spaces in which decision-makers from the fields of policy-making, business, research and civil society come together to look at global challenges from a completely different angle.
The Global Leadership Academy is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The Agenda 2030 re-emphasises how interrelated and intertwined social, environmental and economic issues are. Yet, most of the current approaches are developed and implemented in sectoral and organisational silos: The way of responding to challenges no longer matches the complexity and dynamics of the most pressing social, environmental and economic challenges.
There is a need for spaces that allow for a collective search for new approaches and initiatives.
Spaces for personal and collective development, for listening and strengthening mutual understanding, building new trustful cooperation to go beyond institutional silos and let new ideas emerge on how to address the global challenges of the times.
The Global Leadership Academy's interdisciplinary and practice-oriented offerings are aimed at improving the innovative capacity and leadership skills of decision-makers from the fields of policy-making, business, higher education and research, and civil society from the North and the South.
The Global Leadership Academy focuses on the specific problems and challenges faced by participants rather than employing ready-made concepts.
They provide a safe space for participants, who might otherwise never have entered into dialogue with each other, enabling them to explore one another’s perspectives, look at their challenges from a completely different angle, be inspired and invigorated, and initiate changes where they are needed.
Gaining fresh perspectives energises them to implement the necessary change processes in their spheres of influence. The networks built among participants and participating organisations broaden changemakers' options for contributing effectively and sustainably to change.
HOW THEY DO CHANGE
The aspiration behind their work is to contribute to more sustainable, inclusive and just societies. In order to make room for new ways to shape the future and achieve sustainable change, they need to break with conventional patterns and create new paradigms – for theirselves and collectively. They believe that real systemic and organisational change can only occur hand in hand with personal transformation.
The Global Leadership Academy recognises that leadership and organisational culture and processes are closely intertwined and that the personal development of decision-makers is therefore key to initiating systemic change.
Based on this interplay between personal development of key change agents and the development of organisations and systems, the mandate of the Global Leadership Academy is to design and convene dialogue spaces that promote new approaches towards a more sustainable and inclusive future for the societies.
In all of their Labs, the elements Dialogue, Leadership and Innovation complement one another. Interlinked, they serve to provide the basis for generating sustainable changes on personal, organisational and systemic levels. These three elements are at the core of all their Labs, while in the individual case, a Lab might focus more strongly on one or the other of the elements – corresponding to the topic and the specific needs and challenges of the participants.
Leading with a passion to shape positive change
The Global Leadership Academy brings together individuals in positions of responsibility from industrialised, emerging and developing countries who have an interest in transformation. By participating in dialogue, they expand their leadership skills, break with conventional patterns and unlock new opportunities for shaping change in their field of action.
Moving from dialogue to action
The Global Leadership Academy supports decision-makers in taking a dynamic approach to exercising responsibility within their sphere of influence. High-ranking participants from the worlds of politics, business, academia, and civil society engage in in-depth discourse on their own change issues and put projects into practice. The Global Leadership Academy’s dialogue processes provide the necessary impetus for accomplishing this.
Addressing systemic causes of global problems
A broad impact can only be achieved if the frames of reference behind the people change, so it is essential that the processes extend to the organisations concerned.
Bringing together different stakeholder groups
The dialogue processes take place in an atmosphere of equality and mutual respect. Participants can negotiate different interests constructively across national and sectoral borders and social strata, seeing the world through other people's eyes. The Global Leadership Academy’s activities promote creative exchange and cross-sectoral thinking.
Learning from the processes initiated
The offerings of the Global Leadership Academy help both the participants and GIZ to develop new perspectives for global change processes and to learn from innovation. This approach enables the Global Leadership Academy to establish innovative and effective models of international cooperation.Latest sponsored content