Deep Democracy Participative Leadership Program

The Co-Resolve Participative Leadership Program is based on the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy, which is a leadership and facilitation methodology, particularly useful for resolving relationships and group dynamics that are emotionally charged or marked by diversity and difference.

The Lewis Method of Deep Democracy was developed in post-apartheid South Africa and is practiced in over 20 countries in all sectors of society.

  • Is your school having a difficult time with collaborative decision-making?
  • Do you find yourself in situations where team members are working against each other?
  • Is your school experiencing resistance to new initiatives and change?
  • Are some members of your school community disengaged, disempowered and struggling to find a voice?
  • Are you looking for a way to harness the energy arising from conflict and turn it in to fuel for productive group processes?
  • Do you need to build your leadership capacity to better navigate complex and turbulent relationships?

The Co-Resolve Participative Leadership Program is specifically designed to develop leadership knowledge and capacity. The Program provides provide you with the knowledge and skill you need to do the following:

1. Collaborative decision making

  • Facilitate rich conversations which unleash engagement and spontaneity, creativity and excitement
  • Harness the dynamic power and collective intelligence of the group by enabling all participants to find their voice and express their views
  • Create safety, in large and small groups, that allows difficult conversations to take place
  • Search for the insight of the minority in groups and improve majority decision-making by incorporating the minority’s perspective

 2. Understand relationships and group dynamics

  • Read the dynamics of a group, recognize early signs of resistance and emerging conflict and act in a timely manner to reduce tension
  • Understand the obstacles to good communication and build foundations for shared understanding
  • Diagnose shifts in group dynamics as they become polarised and rigid and select appropriate facilitation tools to use in such situations
  • Begin and end meetings with a powerful way to connect the group and be aware of what is happening in the room

 3. Resolve tension and resistance

  • Resolve differences of opinion
  • Recognize underlying tensions that block group progress
  • Resolve differences of opinion, arguments and conflicts. Instead of allowing anger and blaming to continue, recognize and unleash the creative potential that lies within every argument and conflict
  • Understand and learn how to use tension as an opportunity to enhance learning, leadership development and interpersonal relationships

Who should participate in the CoResolve Participative Leadership Program?

In the CoResolve Participative Leadership Program a leader is identified as anyone driving a process to achieve an objective. Whether you are a principal, executive, manager, teacher, consultant or community worker, this program will give you a powerful lens through which to understand group dynamics and useful tools for dialogue and shared decision-making. 

How is this different to other leadership programs?

The CoResolve Participative Leadership Program is specifically designed to develop leadership knowledge and capacity. The majority of leadership training courses develop ones capacity to lead and manage rational processes such as strategy, finance, organizational design and management of people. Most leaders are employed to drive strategy and gain results and should be spending 90% of their time on these outputs. In reality, however, most leaders spend their time trying to resolve people issues and dynamics. Usually these issues are neither rational nor logical. Furthermore, they don’t respond well to logical thinking processes and resolution tools. When leaders apply these logical tools the issues are more likely to cycle repeatedly, wasting valuable time.

The CoResolve Participative Leadership Program specifically focuses on this area. Participants are taught process driven theoretical principles and tools which equip them to deal with the irrational human element in business and organisations. The program is experiential, enabling participants to gain confidence by applying the tools through practice.

The CoResolve program consists of:

• The basic 2-day training

• A web-based platform

• A personality assessment (I Know Me) - optional

• Group coaching (3 - 5 sessions) – optional

• Individual coaching (3 - 5 sessions) – optional

The Basic Training - 2 day program

The 2-day program is available over two separate full days.

The cost is $420pp. Concessions are available.

The next course is Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July, 9am – 4pm at Girraween Primary School.