Facilitation is the art and science of helping groups achieve a goal by organizing and managing the process. Facilitative leaders have the skills, tools and awareness to draw out ideas, encourage effective discussion and guide groups to make inclusive decisions and actionable plans. The Facilitative Leadership workshop teaches facilitation tools and techniques in a supportive “learning-lab” environment.
Are you someone who would like to help groups to make collective decisions, discuss complex issues, or plan events, projects or programs effectively?
Facilitative Leadership is a three-day workshop for both new and experienced leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitation skills. The workshop, originally developed by Michigan State University Extension, provides hands-on learning experience through fast-paced interactive tool-building activities and practical application in small groups. It is designed to build and strengthen the skills and personal confidence necessary to lead and facilitate productive meetings.
During this retreat-style workshop, participants will practice leadership strategies using the tools, techniques and verbal skills necessary to lead group discussions, reach consensus, set outcome-based goals and use recording tools. Process tools for brainstorming, analyzing ideas, decision-making, and planning will be shared. Each participant will plan and lead a 45-minute, small group facilitation and receive broad suggestions for improvement from workshop instructors and colleagues.
Attendees of Michigan State University Extension’s Facilitative Leadership report that the workshop has been incredibly effective in improving their leadership skills:
Kris Parker is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Tamara Ogle is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Kara Salazar is the Purdue Extension Sustainable Communities Specialist.
John Orick is the Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator.
Emily Toner is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Marion County.
Kristi Whitacre is a Community Development Educator for Vigo County.
Tanya Hall is a Community Development Regional Educator.
Kym Schwinkendorf is an Administrative Assistant for Community Development.
MSU Extension’s leadership and community engagement programs engage participants in learning how to effectively manage conflict, communicate with purpose and collaborate on solving complex issues in order to move communities forward.
The University of Illinois Extensions’s Community and Economic Development program serves Illinois communities through a wide range of educational offerings.