The Skills You Need to Facilitate Inclusive Leadership Training Effectively

Creating Courageous, Psychologically Safe Spaces for Learning and Disclosure

How to Navigate Challenging Classroom Situations

1. Handling Pushback

2. Cutting Through the Quiet

3. Navigating Intense Emotions

4. Managing Moments of Offense

Facilitator Skills for Fostering Inclusive Leadership Training Experiences

  • Model vulnerability — by sharing their own stories, including pitfalls, to build trust with the group.
  • Set ground rules for respectful interactions — while making space for disagreement and conflict.
  • Push learners to critically examine their beliefs and contributions — even when it means diving into discomfort.
  • Stay vigilant for microaggressions — by monitoring non-verbals, providing timely and specific feedback to offenders when necessary, and providing support to individuals victimized by harmful comments.
  • Mitigate the effect of their own biases — by self-educating and seeking feedback from others.
  • Pre-emptively acknowledge differences of opinion and experience — affirm that it’s okay to see things differently than others while also acknowledging the importance of being able to see things from others’ points of view.
  • Provide multiple options for participants to engage in discussion — including virtual or non-verbal contributions.

Facilitator Pitfalls to Avoid

1. Focusing too much on one’s self.

2. Becoming discouraged by “unproductive sessions.”

3. Forgetting self-care.

4. Forgetting to focus on growth.

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Taking Facilitator Upskilling Seriously



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