Centering Indigenous Ways of Being, Knowing, and Doing
On November 8, 2019, the School of Leadership Studies came together on the ancestral lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) families to continue conversations about how we can explore decolonization, Indigenization, and reconciliation in the MA Leadership program and the School of Leadership Studies more broadly.
One of the most daunting trends currently is declining credibility in leadership generally. The Edelman Trust Barometer keeps track of levels of trust in countries across the world by conducting an annual trust survey. As depicted below with the most vulnerable sectors highlighted, the survey in Canada reflects the concerning fact that Canadians who trust business leaders, government officials, and even NGO representatives is a small and declining minority 2016 and 2017 with only a slight upswing in 2019.
How my Intentions of Earth, Art, and Health Relate to Mindful Leadership
About twelve years ago, I set three intentions for my life: earth, art, and health. As the years have unfolded, I’ve endeavoured to align both my professional and personal life’s work with these three intentions. Attending to all three areas in various ways has helped me to maintain my joie de vivre, as well as my sense of inspiration and creativity.
I recently returned from the International Leadership Association Conference with many of my School of Leadership Studies’ (SoLS) colleagues. We heard a variety of different world leaders speak; to name a few: The Right Honourable Paul Martin (21st prime minister of Canada), Senator Anike Niganizi Murray Sinclair (Chief Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada), and The Right Honourable David Johnstone (Governor General of Canada, 2010 – 2017).