What is Illumined Leadership?

Posted on May 22, 2015

The Engaging Women in Public Service Conference is in T-14 days and ELGL is psyched to be partnering with the School of Government at UNC to magnify the conference message – supporting women in public service leadership is powerful.

Last week we introduced the engaging keynote speaker, Carol Kinsey Goman. This week, we spoke with Dr. Margaret A. Brunson, esteemed UNC faculty, who will be leading a workshop titled “Illumined Leadership.”

Who is Dr. Margaret A. Brunson?
You know those lucky people who know their life purpose. The ones who seem to have it all figured out, where they’re going, how to get there, important stops they’ll make along the way…well, that is Dr. Margaret A. Brunson. She believes that her purpose is to help others discover their own purpose. Dr. Brunson shares her story – her triumphs and her mistakes – in a way that allows her to connect with others and inspire them to pursue their dreams and goals. She helps others recognize the experiences that shape their life and how to leverage those experiences to excel.
A native North Carolinian, Dr. Brunson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. She serves as the Director of Hospital Relations for Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, providing oversight of behavioral health services for Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Wake counties. She also conducts research and contributes scholarship in the area of leadership development. A published author, and highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Brunson serves as faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Government, Master of Public Administration program.
As a skilled executive leader, Dr. Brunson has spent more than ten years providing administrative leadership across multiple sectors. Her focus areas include management of public health programs for underserved populations, engaging communities (one of our favorites!) to address population health, and facilitating and directing relationships between health care service organizations and underserved populations.
Dr. Brunson will be leading a workshop entitled “Illumined Leadership” at the Engaging Women in Public Service: Signals and Strategies seminar on June 5.
“Illumined Leadership” – Why Is It So Important?
Illumined leadership is a psychosocial and intellectual model for addressing some of the barriers that keep women from pursuing leadership roles including:

  1. ww32-affirmations-smalley-flashA hesitation to promote herself
  2. A tentativeness to accept leadership positions
  3. A tendency to question her own capacity for leadership

The Illumined Leadership model focuses on the connection between spiritual and ethical identity and our life experiences. Examining that connection can help mediate and facilitate our leadership journey.
Focusing on Illumined Leadership will encourage female leaders seek to recognize and relinquish control, adopt new perspectives and find purpose in their experiences. Developing an Illumined Leadership philosophy can be leveraged to increase their leadership capacity. Releasing the tentativeness and beginning to exhibit more boldness and confidence shines a light on women’s knowledge, skills, and potential for leadership. Fostering strong leadership skills and self-discovery will increase confidence and motivate more women to pursue leadership roles in government, moving the barometer towards gender equality in leadership positions.  
What You Will Learn?
download (1)Be prepared to leave the workshop with new conceptual knowledge, coupled with practical strategies that will enable you to form an action plan that is directly applicable to your personal leadership potential. 
Join us!
Sign up for the Engaging Women in Public Service Conference on June 5.
Follow the session with ELGL on Twitter!
Have a question to ask Dr. Margaret A. Brunson or one of the other session leaders? Join our Twittersation on June 3rd at 1pm (est.) using the hashtag #13percent

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