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The Global Leadership Cohort

Global Leadership Cohort

With employees and students from over 150 countries, MC is the most diverse college in the nation (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018, 2019). Our collective experiences and differences position us to engage, enrich, and empower our community as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. ELITE’s Global Leadership Cohort reaffirms MC’s commitment to developing global leaders who will restore, evolve, and transform us into a post-pandemic institution uniquely positioned to be a leader in higher education. 

The GLC aims to develop individual and team leadership capabilities in areas of intercultural competency, diversity and inclusion, innovation, and 'coaching at work'.  

GLC draws from valuable research, theory, and diagnostic tools from world re-known experts in the field of leadership, organizational behavior, performance, and culture. Classes are aimed at developing participant’s knowledge and abilities to work effectively in organizations where there is a high degree of cultural (i.e. national, regional, ethnic, gender, generational, disciplinary) diversity among professionals, teams, and organizational systems. 

The following components of the GLC have been created to build key competencies and knowledge for today's globally minded leader:

  • Intercultural Competence: Making meaning of differences and values at MC
  • Dilemma Reconciliation: When two propositions are opposing, what do we do as leaders?
  • Coaching at Work: How Leaders help others to help themselves
  • Organizational Culture and Systems: Effecting change that is sustainable

Classes include assigned readings and assessments with regular feedback and in-class dialogue activities for reflection and deepening of knowledge. 

Commitment: Participants must be able to commit to all classes and be prepared to engage in meaningful discussions and assignments with colleagues during class times. 

NEW! GLC participants will benefit from receiving an e-book that brings a high-quality e-learning experience into an ELITE cohort. The e-book offers guided learning and knowledge essential for developing a foundation of Intercultural Awareness and dilemma reconciliation skills, which are practiced throughout all classes in the cohort. As participants complete the e-book, facilitated learning activities and follow-up coaching will be created for subsequent class follow-up. 

Admission to the cohort requires supervisory approval and is open to all MC employees—faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Classes are a mixture of half-day and full-day classes. 
While an attempt will be made to deliver classes in-person, all classes will be delivered virtually. 
The 10th class is for Project Presentations and a graduation ceremony.  

Application deadline is October 12, 2021.

Step 1: Register and get the application for GLC in MC Learns through Workdaynew window

Step 2: If you encounter difficulties registering, please contact Richard Forrest.

Additional Information
  • 79% of employees will quit their job due to lack of appreciation from leaders.

  • 69% of millennials believe there is a lack of leadership development in the workplace.

  • Just 5% of companies have integrated leadership development in their organizations.

  • 83% of enterprises believe it is important to develop leaders at all levels of a company.

Source: Trompenaars Hampden-Turner: Culture for Business


As we emerge from a 'historical first' of mandated virtual work, much has changed as we move to a new stage. Most believe we are not simply returning to the way things were, but no one is yet sure exactly how things will change in the coming months and years. There has probably never been a more important time in many decades for leadership to be prepared and equipped to help support and lead our complex organizations through this new stage.

Bucking the trend of the statistic shown earlier that reports that more than 90% of organizations do not offer integrated leadership training, MC lives its value of excellence and innovation in supporting this kind of professional development.

To meet our needs as learners, and help transform how we lead, support and work with others, a high-quality e-learning book has been introduced as a main component to the GLC.

Instead of following the traditional "first day-of-class" where we receive new learning material for the first time, everyone will have already completed an interactive e-book covering essential Intercultural Awareness theory and Tools. At the time of registering for the GLC, you will receive a link to the e-learning book to begin working thru before our first class on October 21. 

Upon completing the e-book, participants will have dedicated at least 8 hours of learning to key concepts, which will prove immediately valuable as we meet for the first time. The GLC will begin with meaningful discussion and debriefing of key concepts that will also be examine in greater depth throughout the year.  

Diagnostics and theory are used to map degrees of intercultural competence and the major dilemmas that leaders face. Recognition helps leaders be aware of their leadership competencies and those of others.

GLC workshops and curriculum involve assessing and aligning orientations in the context of national, organizational, generational and gender differences. Respect builds on the strength of leadership capabilities which is enriched with opposites.

Servant leadership is introduced in terms of being a chief reconciler. In this stage we work on our most important dilemmas. Reconciliation takes advantage of our cultural differences and what it means for leadership.

Follow practices to implement change by creating supportive actions to root behavior change and recommended reconciliations. Accountability and performance at all levels is needed for rooting change in organizational systems.

  1. The most important leadership skills today must be measured against our ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and teams.

  2. Diversity brings innovation' is an accepted premise, but how do we realize this at work? How do we know that we are leveraging the power of a diverse workforce? What skills do we have to bring differences together in ways that create innovation and desired change? 

  3. The GLC draws on over 30 years of acclaimed research, innovative tools, instruments and internationally validated theory to help leaders work effectively in diverse and multicultural environments.

  4. The GLC recognizes that most leadership models are culturally biased, based on mutually exclusive categories, and are not effective outside of homogenous cultures. 

  5. Servant Leadership is the GLC leadership model. It is driven by the motivation to ENABLE others to work more effectively and be successful through building on existing leadership capabilities and enriching with opposites.

  6. Developing 'coaching at work' helps people to find their own solutions, develop personal goals and realize desired behavior change. Leadership requires combinations of managing (telling), mentoring and facilitating (telling/asking) and coaching (asking). 

  7. We practice what we learn. Specializations and follow-up are part of the GLC experience.
  • All classes are delivered virtually with hands-on facilitation and small group exercises.

  • Participants will complete an inspiring and self-paced e-learning book that presents high value content, exercises, videos and tests based on Trompenaars’ 7 Dimensions of Culture.
    • Completion of the e-book is a requirement to attend the first class

  • Through combinations of case studies, theory and digital tools we build meaning and insight into applying the 4R’s of Intercultural Competence.

  • In understanding how the dynamics of cultural differences play out at work, we apply servant leadership in the Dilemma Reconciliation Process to bring about desired change and innovation.

  • Participants gain direct skills and knowledge in 'coaching at work' techniques, building a coaching mindset and coaching for performance.

  • With awareness of new tools and instruments to use in working with individuals and teams across the organization, we improve our power in areas of culture change, diversity and inclusion, performance and leadership.  

"Thanks for teaching and leading. Please know that your training extends way beyond GLC. I learned from how you responded to last minutes calls for help, and how you inspire and allow trainers to fly and enjoy success (after you give all the needed tools). 👏🙏"

"GLC was one of the best experiences of my time at MC."

"I know that doing the workshops via Zoom was not ideal in some ways, but, I still found it to be one of the most engaging professional development experiences I’ve had (not just at MC)."

  • E-book: Intercultural Awareness, Tools, Theory, and Practice

  • October 21 and 22: Team Dynamics, Styles, and Methods to Reconcile Differences

  • November 18 and 19: Values and Behaviors

  • December 16: Managing Tension and Dialogue

  • January 13 and 14: Communications and Dilemmas - Effective Presentations

  • February 10 and 11: Organizational Culture and Change

  • March 4: Coaching and Developing Others

  • April 7: Managing Virtual Meetings and Leading Teams

  • May 5 and 6: Synthesizing Workshops

  • May 12: Make-up day for cancelled classes

  • June 9: Project Presentations - Graduation


If you have questions about GLC, please contact Richard Forrest.