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Renaissance Leadership & Rhetoric in Florence, Italy

Renaissance Leadership & Rhetoric in Florence, Italy

Helping Leaders Change the World from the Inside.

For decades, the concept of “leadership” meant making structural changes to an organization. The focus was outward – and the results were fleeting. As one of the nation’s premier Jesuit universities, Gonzaga takes a transformational approach to help leaders change the world from the inside. This introspective focus gives you tools to effect true change in organizations, offer creative approaches to problems, emphasize collaborations, respect diversity, and demonstrate clear vision.

By traveling to Italy, and being immersed in a different culture, you are provided an opportunity to use and enhance your communication and leadership skills on a moment by moment basis.What better place to study leadership than Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance art movement, and the home to the Medicis and Michelangelo. Explore Florence and Tuscany and witness the leadership that took place hundreds of years ago to create this magnificent center of art in the world.

Gonzaga University has its own campus in Florence. A typical day would include a few hours in the classroom and an afternoon museum tour.  The evenings are yours to explore the culture of Florence. You will also travel to Siena Rome and go on tours that include the Vatican and the Coliseum.

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Development Communication in Cali, Colombia

Development Communication in Cali, Colombia

Emphasizing face-to-face as well as the use of digital communication tools, the class provides classroom instruction and practical training to help leaders better understand community development needs, as well as how individuals and organizations might work inclusively in partnership with local community institutions to engage and build up local community capacity and empowerment.

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Methods of Inquiry and Strategy for Contemporary Global Issues in Brussels, Belgium

Methods of Inquiry and Strategy for Contemporary Global Issues in Brussels, Belgium

Acquire the fundamentals of leading in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global contexts while practicing methods of resilient leadership attentive to international dimensions of organizational behavior. Develop the capacity to examine contemporary global issues, comprehensively analyze policies, and work with international peers to create viable and sustainable solutions while mentored by and learning from international experts. Competencies are gained from class instruction and also from simulations at the epicenter of the European Community, NATO, and the home of various multinational organizations in Brussels, Belgium.

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Domestic Immersions

Leadership & Hardiness - Mt. Adams, Washington

Leadership & Hardiness

Develop personal and organizational resilience by engaging the mind, body, and spirit.

From Ernest Shackleton’s expedition in the Antarctic, Edmund Hillary’s summit of Mt. Everest, Scott and Amundsen’s race to the South Pole, Victor Frankl’s will to meaning and existence in sordid circumstances of the holocaust, Nelson Mandela’s revolutionary transformation towards forgiveness and racial reconciliation, to many other stories of resilience, this course will teach the pathways to creating personal and organizational resilience. The expedition of the course will begin by first studying the “will to meaning” from the perspective of existential and health psychology. This internal journey will be followed by studying various organizational scenarios marked by resilient outcomes and by learning a wide range of empirically grounded practices that enhance personal and organizational performance. Upon developing these competencies, students will have an opportunity to experientially practice resilient mechanism by climbing Mt. Adams. Personal hardiness will be developed, experienced, and tested in a setting that challenges the heart, mind, and spirit. Don’t miss out on an unforgettable experience!

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Leadership & Community - St. Andrews Abbey, Valyermo, California

Leadership & Community

What is the meaning and purpose of life? How is need for such meaning and purpose encountered in a community? How does the leader develop a community to facilitate individual growth and collective success? Through study, experience, and scholarship, students explore how to create structures and processes for sustaining and transforming a community. At the Benedictine monastery of Saint Andrew\’s Abbey, students become participant observers in a five-day immersion designed to explore, practice, and come to an expanded understanding of the role and purpose of the leader’s involvement and commitment to building and sustaining a meaningful and purposeful community.

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Leadership & Storytelling - GU campus, Spokane, Washington

Leadership & Storytelling

Stories permeate virtually every dimension of our existence as noted in the familiar quote: “Civilizations have existed without the wheel, but no society has ever existed without story.” With groundwork in narrative, the class focuses on the kind of leadership that is demanded by the current world situation: Leaders who lead from their real selves or Authentic Leaders. After exploring an understanding of authentic leadership, the course will shift focus to a key tool for leaders: the leadership story.

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Team Building and Leadership - Spokane, Washington

Team Building and Leadership

This three-day intensive program is designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of leadership and team development through a combination of information sessions and active participation in cooperative, challenge activities. Challenge activities are designed to enhance students’ critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving ability, and ability to work effectively as a team. These activities present opportunities to taking leadership roles, recognize leadership styles, identify what works and what doesn’t work in given situations, and apply lessons to real life situations. Topics include the communication process, leadership models and styles, stages of team development, ethics, diversity, and visionary or principle-centered and creative leadership.

Advanced Team Building and Leadership

This three-day intensive program is designed to be taken along with ORGL 550, building on key concepts learned. This course is held directly following ORGL 550 on-campus.  The advanced session shifts the focus from group participation to group facilitating through team building and leadership development activities.

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Organizational Change and Transformation - Spokane, Washington

Organizational Change and Transformation

Managing change is a critical skill needed to support organizations in achieving their goals, missions and visions. Building on theories from the field of Change Management, the experiential learning that takes place during the immersion portion of class will introduce multiple interventions—all emphasizing a people-centric approach. The course is appropriate for people in various levels and types of organizations, providing tools to support leading change effectively in a range of industries.

Course Overview

The class involves both an immersion experience in Spokane and online coursework. During the 3-day immersion, students spend part of the time in teams engaged in an award-winning business simulation that creates a real-world environment for analysis, planning and implementation of a change strategy—aligning people around new ways of doing things.

Students will be exposed to the concepts of organizational change, health and transformation. After developing a profile of a healthy organization, students will use this as a guide, practicing methods of organizational diagnosis and intervention. Throughout the class, students will have the opportunity to gain confidence and competencies in change management, concluding with a written action plan specific to their individual needs.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyze readiness for change using stakeholder analysis
  • Describe a visioning initiative with goal setting interventions
  • Summarize influence and persuasion strategies
  • Create an action plan for change with systemic alignment

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Visiting Scholar In-Residence Course - Spokane, Washington

Visiting Scholar In-Residence Course

A unique innovation of the COML program is the ability we have each year to bring one of the top, cutting-edge, distinguished scholars in our discipline to teach a course on campus in their particular area of expertise. This 3-credit elective course includes a 3-day on-campus immersion at Gonzaga and provides our students with an opportunity that is unparalleled.

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