Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women
Authors: Mahnaz Afkhami, Ann Eisenberg, and Haleh Vaziri
In consultation with: Suheir Azzouni, Ayesha Imam, Amina Lemrini, and Rabèa Naciri
Leading to Choices is based on a conceptualization of leadership as horizontal, inclusive, and participatory. In this model, leadership is viewed as a process that leads to greater choices for all by fostering communication among individuals who learn from each other, create a shared vision, and reach a common goal forged by consensus. The handbook responds to the need for leaders who aspire to create egalitarian, democratic, and pluralistic societies based on collaborative decision-making, coalition-building, and gender equality.
Leading to Choices features a contextual chapter, twelve workshop sessions, and an appendix containing culture-specific scenarios relevant to the cultivation of effective leadership skills. At the heart of each workshop session is a case study or scenario. The scenarios depict individuals who discovered personal leadership skills that enabled them to address a challenging situation in their community. Scenarios also feature the innovative work of organizations from around the world that emphasize participatory decision making and communication, both internally and with their constituencies. The sessions are organized as a progression in learning.
Leading to Choices is designed to be adapted and customized to suit the diverse cultural, political, and socio-economic needs of women and men around the world. Meant for use in interactive workshops, the handbook includes "Guidelines for Facilitating" that enable the user to create a stimulating environment that promotes mutual respect, dialogue, and collaboration. The curriculum has been used in leadership training workshops in over 50 countries with women, young girls, and men; Muslims and Christians; and human rights activists, university students, women NGO representatives, refugees, rural women, domestic workers, lawyers, and journalists, among others.
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