It was 6 p.m. in Kenya when Stellamaris Mulaeh logged on to her computer. Even though her work day was over, she was joining a leadership development series being hosted live thousands of miles away in Indiana by IU Executive Education.
The time difference and distance didn’t matter to Mulaeh. She wanted to learn, form connections with others around the world, and become a better leader.
Mulaeh works in the nonprofit sector in Kenya and admits that after the past two years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, she needed fresh ideas and inspiration.
“I needed to refill my jar as a leader so that I could be much more effective, much more deliberate in influencing change in the institutions and people I work with,” she says.
Susan Sears, who works for IU Health in Indianapolis, also needed a recharge.
“I just felt kind of stuck, like I was traveling without a compass,” she admits.
The two were part of a group of global leaders enrolled in the Holistic Leadership Series offered by IU Executive Education and Consulus, a global innovation consultant group. They’re teaming up again to host the 2022 Holistic Leadership Series beginning November 17.
The program is based on Consulus’ HERO holistic leadership model:
- Heart and spirit: The personal values and character that inform decisions and actions.
- Embracive thinking: The ability to learn new information, think critically, embrace diverse thought, and apply knowledge to real situations.
- Relational dynamics: How leaders’ physical presence, habits, and emotions impact how they relate to others.
- Operational leadership: Functional leadership skills, such as creating a vision, planning, directing, and more.
“This was a leadership program experience that I had never experienced before,” Mulaeh says with a smile. “It was a program that emphasized finding yourself and your values. It wove different components of the sessions together in a way that I found very powerful.”