Inclusive Leadership in Nigeria

Submitted by Victor Ivoke

(Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups, with over 500 languages, and great diversity of geography, customs, religion, and life circumstances. Students, parents, politicians, farmers, business owners, artists, youth workers, teachers and other emerging and experienced leaders throughout Nigeria are engaged in the triple challenges of building bridges to equality, building peace and addressing climate change. The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is contributing to Inclusive Leadership development in Nigeria through Inclusive Leadership Online Education.)

My name is Victor Ivoke. I am a Nigerian and I live and work in Abuja. I have just rounded off my Masters Degree in Society and Development Studies. I work for a faith based organization that is pan- African and I hope to sharpen my leadership abilities for global impact.

Through this online quest to “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” I am being exposed to life time lessons that will help me renew my mind, influence others and transform my community starting with my immediate circle of influence.

Inclusive leadership has outstanding insights on Building bridges that connect people from all walks of life to create a more harmonious world. I took time to go through the Earth Charter module and I am amazed at the invaluable lessons it contains.

Respect and care for the community of life shows how mutual respect and care for everyone’s need around the world can make the earth a better place. For me, this is an important part of bio-diversity inclusion. We must must recognize nature with all its biodiversity as God’s greatest gift to humanity.If we all embrace ecological integrity, we will  make the earth a better place and sustainable for this and the next generation.

The “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” course has a learning activity by John Scull that shows an amazing way to build skills for relaxing and connecting with nature. By learning to incorporate relaxing in nature as part of my routine, I am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Staying in nature and watching nature can be very inspiring.

Social and economic justice will ensure we eradicate poverty, disease  and affirm equality by upholding the right of all without discrimination.

Our world is facing increase turmoil, violence, extremism and all its attendant consequences. Peace and non-violence as part of the Earth Charter will increase our knowledge and value for peace and help usher in characters that will help us build and sustain relationships for a peaceful world.

Picturing Inclusive Leadership Skills

Submitted by Linda Hill

During a meaningful and enjoyable Visual Facilitation workshop with Mireille van Bremen, I learned that the foundation of visual facilitation involves learning and practicing the Visual Alphabet. The heart of visual facilitation is empathic listening and the art is visual metaphors. Facilitate means ‘to make easy’ and Mireille certainly did that! By the end of the weekend, I was feeling much more at ease with and relaxed about my potential to become more and more visually literate. Just like any language, it is possible to communicate at a basic level quite quickly. Fluent visual communication takes practice. Continue reading

Discovering My Inclusive Leadership Potential

submitted by Claudia Sanchez

http://www.comunicacionplena.com

(First posted in Dec 2018, Claudia shares how impactful taking the ILC on-line course was for her. Enjoy!)

Here I am participating in “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” online. I feel gratitude for the community we are co-creating and have really enjoyed the journaling, writing and reflecting activities in this course. I feel so attracted to Anti-discrimination First Aid and Skills for Connecting with Differences, especially the skill of relaxing. Continue reading

Building Bridges to Inclusive and Equitable Education

How do Inclusive Leaders contribute to our communities in ways that “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”?  (United Nations SDG 4). 

How do Inclusive Leaders “provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development”? (Earth Charter). 

This post was collaboratively written by Inclusive Leaders from around the world who spent two months sharing leadership on a guided online group expedition:  Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential.  Continue reading

Communicating With Care Includes Political Care

Speaking out to Request the Government of Quebec Review Bill 21.

Submitted by Silvia Mangue Alene.

(Silvia is the founder of Kulea Culture, a non-profit society located in Victoria, BC focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. Kulea Culture’s mission is to raise awareness about and reduce ethno-racial discrimination, prejudice and stereotyping through education, lectures, presentations, workshops, exhibitions, cultural exchange and research).

Inclusive Leadership to me means to include everyone in your leadership by listening to what others have to say and considering their points of view. Leading inclusively is to share not only your knowledge and time but also your vulnerabilities in ways that allow people to see your differences as gifts. Inclusive leaders encourage and elevate and invite others to join and to bring their differences. Inclusive leaders are compassionate, caring, smart and are wiling to serve and to give. And last but not least Inclusive Leadership is satisfactory and fulfilling.

My main goal for taking the “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” online course is to learn to communicate with care and compassion: Practice, practice and more practice. After participating in the Anti-Discrimination First Aid Module, “Chardi Kala” became my new motto. According to Canadian Member of Parliament Jagmeet Singh, Chardi Kala means rising spirits and a positive outlook in the face of hopeless odds and despair. I do believe that there is no other way to see the other if it is not with love. And this is something that I need to practice and I will be practicing until my last days.

Victoria Councillor, Sharmarke Dubow.
Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

Communicating with care in all aspects includes political care too. This is a transcript from a speech that I gave to Victoria City Council on July 11, 2019 in which I communicated with care about Quebec’s Bill 21 that was passed on June 17, 2019. Six of us presented (including Victoria Councillor, Sharmarke Dubow). It was a great moment for me as I have never done anything like that. I hope that more cities in Canada can speak against this Bill so that the Quebec government can review the Bill. I believe in human rights and so I will put myself out there if I am needed. Continue reading

Building Bridges to Literacy and Peace

Submitted by Victor Okechukwu Chimezie

I am Victor Okechukwu Chimezie  a 22 year old Nigerian, a passionate and pragmatic Peacebuilder. I’m so delighted to be here in the Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online course. I’m so grateful for the  scholarship as this course will help me be more relaxed in diversity in my quest to make the world safer and better for us youth.

Part 1 of the Inclusive Leadership course introduces the Earth Charter as our global compass.

For my Earth Charter Action Plan I’ll be focusing on Peace which is Democracy, Non- Violence and Peace.

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The Magic of Connecting With Differences

Submitted by Linda Hill and Bonnie Robertson (Reposted July 2019)

20161012_145816Inclusive Leadership can be as simple and magical as a diverse group of people exploring the skill of daring to be different through a co-operative game of “Catch the Difference.” As you read this story, we invite you to think about the times in your life when you have felt safe to share your differences with others and the times in your life when you helped others feel safe to share their differences with you.  Continue reading