Applying Leadership Strategies For Guide Community College Issues Requires An Approach That Delivers Results

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Appreciative Inquiry Applying leadership strategies to guide community college issues requires an approach that delivers results. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a positive approach to change management. It’s all about the elevation, concentration and a chemistry of combining of strengths (The Drucker School [AI], 2011). AI aligns strengths that make system weaknesses irrelevant by creating a change in the way we look at human organizations and human change. The Appreciative Inquiry Commons website offers two distinct definitions of the words ‘appreciative’ and ‘inquiry’ in their individual state; Appreciative: 1. valuing; the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us. Synonyms: VALUING, PRIZING, ESTEEMING, and…show more content…
It centrally involves the mobilization of inquiry through the crafting of the “unconditional positive question” often-involving unlimited number of people (Appreciative Inquiry Commons ...where AI, positive change research and organizational leadership connect for world benefit, n.d., para. 3). Based on the research by Copperrider & Whitney ( 2015), “The AI Cycle can be as rapid and informal as a conversation with a friend or colleague, or as formal as an organization or community wide process involving every stakeholder group. While there is no formula for AI, most change efforts flow through the 4-D Cycle. Each AI process is home grown – designed to meet the unique challenges of the community, organization or industry involved. 4D Cycle (in the center Affirmative Topic of Choice) • Discover - “What gives life?” (the best of what is) - Appreciating, • Dream - “What might be?” (What is the world calling for?) Envisioning Results • Design - “What should be--the ideal?” Co-constructing • Destiny - “How to empower, learn and adjust/improvise?” Sustaining These processes get written into questions for Discovery interviews, serve as seeds for Dreams, as arenas for crafting Design propositions and for taking action in the Destiny phase (p. 23). Systems Thinking In today’s promising arenas of new leaders, there is a great need to understand the current pathways of learning. The
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