Connectors, Analyzers & Quiet Listeners

An alternate look at Leadership

Spring 2016
April 2-3, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Studio 2

The perception of what makes someone a leader is too narrow. We’ve been choosing our national leadership from 6% of the country. Typically leadership at the highest level is represented by the following identifying factors: male, white, European American (until 2008); married heterosexual, over 35, college educated, professional degree (source: Miss Representation, 2011).  Leadership as we know it, however, can manifest in a variety of different personas and communities. A leader can be the connector, the communicator, or the quiet listener. Leadership can be found when a handful of people come together to work on a problem and leadership is present in a multitude of cultural contexts, economic situations, academic backgrounds, and personal experiences. Many people are leaders who fall outside the 6% of our national leadership yet many people continue to see leadership has being part of one identity.

Our class will help you unlock a new mindset surrounding leadership and will consist of three main parts. First we will ask you to reflect on your experiences with leadership. Next, we’ll examine how leadership is seen across a variety of contexts. We’ll have compelling guests who are seeking to or are themselves redefining leadership. Finally, we’ll develop tools to identify and activate new forms of leadership. Students will benefit from prior group experiences, but no design experience is necessary.

Accepting 18-20 undergraduate students.
Application Closed

Teaching Team
Laura Pickel – Curriculum Designer
Alex Scully – Design Thinking Strategist
Karen Biestman – Associate Dean and Director of the Native American Cultural Center and Lecturer in Law and Native American Studies
Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer, SAP