Today’s political, social and economic climate seems to be more fractured than ever. There doesn’t seem to be space for constructive dialogue in the political, educational and business spheres. That lack of dialogue creates a hostile political and social environment. That deficiency leads to stagnation of ideas, lack of problem solving skills and lack of civility among leaders in the public sphere.
We must change the space of discourse in our country. We must do it for the sake of the next generation. This change must start with existing leadership, and must be applied when preparing the next generation to lead.
We must arm the next generation of leaders with great skills that are suitable for the 21st century . According to Roselinde Torres, at her “ What it takes to be a great leader” Ted Talk, great leaders are individuals who are :
- Bringing seeming rivals together to solve problems
- Developing relationship with a diverse network and workforce
- Daring to be different, and have the emotional stamina to accept different ways of thinking.
One of the best ways to ensure that our next leaders have the above skill set is to deliver a Transpartisan professional and leadership training
I am sure you are asking yourself “What does Trans partisan mean?” Transpartisan is an emerging solution based political and social movement which aims to negotiate between opposing views resulting in a dualistic perspective and nonpartisanship. This movement is not only relevant to politics but to also business interactions.
One of the major tenets of this movement is creating civil dialogue that will lead to solving the world most pressing issues.
The first phase of the training is creating a space that can successfully harness a dialogue, that fosters constructive, and respectful conversation between opposing points of view. During the dialogue phase, diverse people come together around a public concern. Exercises are then introduced to help participants, find commonality, throw away assumptions and create a cultural shift. These exercises should lead our participants to be critical and open minded thinkers. They will learn that changing assumptions leads to creativity and problem solving.
The second phase of training emphasize, participants will learn the importance of coalition building and recruitment of diverse stakeholders.
The third and final phase of training participants learn how to turn solutions and ideas in to an action plan. Action plans that are endorsed by diverse stake holders and coalition partners.
Once training is completed, participants will have the skills to create an environment of creativity, collaboration and cooperation among other leaders and stakeholders. They will be able to find solutions to todays problem
Imagine if today’s leaders and decision makers have these skills, then political gridlock would not be as pervasive especially in Washington. Imagine the public discourse is open minded and civil then maybe our conversation around race and culture would not be highly charged. Simply put our country would be in a better place.