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Giving you the power to transform
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We can exceptionally offer certification workshops (workshops delivered by new facilitators and supervised by experienced facilitators) in “the 7 Habits for Humanitarians” and “Humanitarians Leading at the Speed of Trust” at a 50% reduced fee. The offer is available only for a limited period. Facilitators are based in the US and in Europe, and deliver world-wide.

Please contact us for more information at info@leadershipforhumanitarians.org. 
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Transforming Humanitarian Leadership, a short article by Eric James, Daniel Lutz and Kritte Hoffritz.

We aid workers operate in enormously complex environments and good leaders are our most critical resource. Yet they are also our most scarce. Too often, technically competent people go from being proficient project officers, to mediocre programme managers to unexceptional directors and sometimes further, but meanwhile lack the character to lead people effectively in challenging humanitarian contexts. 

By “character” we mean the ability for personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Norman Schwarzkopf identified how important this is: “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” When cultivated, humanitarian leaders are able to use vision, trust and inspiration for transformative ends – in a sustainable and repeatable manner. 

But where do we develop a cadre of people able to lead such transformation? Investing in simple capacity-building and skills upgrades – as outlined in most humanitarian competency frameworks – is clearly not enough. As Valerie Amos explains, “Humanitarian reforms are important, but for improvements to really take hold – to ensure that when the next major disaster strikes our response is closer to what is needed – a much more fundamental shift in attitude and mindset among all humanitarian partners and donors must happen.” 

So, the key to developing the right kind of leader will be in our ability to enable the right kind of mind-shift. To develop leaders first on the inside, so that the outside can take on a more effective, sustainable and visionary form. A character shift, in fact, that results in positive change in behavior. With such a shift, then we will have the power to transform humanitarian leadership.
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We are currently looking for two more humanitarian facilitators to join our team on part time basis. See our website for more information: http://leadershipforhumanitarians.org/about-us/vacancies/
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Leadership for Humanitarians delivering a Leadership Deep-Dive for IASC and ICVA in New York.
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Leadership Deep-Dive for Humanitarians in New York - exclusively for IASC and ICVA members.  
 
Are you interested in exploring the key concepts of self-leadership and team leadership and build on what the best leaders in the world do?.
Attend the "Closing the Leadership Gap Event" at IASC Friday 15 March 2013, 9 – 13h. :00 p.m. in OCHA's Conference Room 1, 6th floor, 380 Madison Avenue).
 
By invitation only. Write IASC or us for more information. Limited space. Free of charge.
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