Building Leadership Capacity
The MSEL program embraces a model of leadership called distributed leadership (DL). This leadership model is founded on the understanding that leaders need to ‘live with’ rather than try to ‘manage’ complexity in order to create meaningful change in organisations and communities.
Building leadership capacity can happen:
- in contexts of trust
- in cultures of respect
- when change and proactivity are supported and rewarded
- when leadership is seen as emerging through collaborative relationships and processes
Put simply, DL moves away from the idea that leadership capacity is located within specific individuals, and instead it emphasises that leadership happens through the actions of many people working collectively.
The MSEL program provides the context in which leadership capacity can flourish and excellent outcomes for individuals and the community can be achieved.
The MSEL program’s Community Partners engage in leadership by identifying projects that will improve their services. MSEL participants engage in leadership by taking initiative, identifying solutions, trialing implementation plans and making recommendations about “good practice.”