Transforming the way you live and work in the world

The Practice of Leadership

Individual and Group Effectiveness

This program is designed to provide an intensive, highly interactive
learning experience to enhance your understanding and practice of leadership. The primary goal is to deepen self-awareness and build new capabilities that can be immediately applied in the context of your organizational group, team, or department. Our approach builds new skills based on existing strengths.


The Practice of Leadership 2013

The program will provide an overview of Gestalt-based leadership principles including the cycle of experience, multiple realities, resistance, appreciative stance, advocacy, inquiry, dialogue, as well as strategic and relationship behaviors. It will also explore the notion of leadership in service of getting things done with others.

One major focus of the program is on individual learning, developing personal insights and skills in the area of reflection, purpose, presence, adaptability, change, communication, use of authority and power, as well as giving and receiving feedback. However, leadership is influenced and informed by the organization’s culture. This program will help raise your awareness of cultural norms and practices in your organization and how they influence group effectiveness and leaders at all levels.

The other major focus of the program will explore group dynamics and build skills to improve team effectiveness. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the integrated use of authority, self awareness, and adaptability in a group context. We call this capability self-leadership, and it will help participants to more effectively lead groups within their organizational context. The concept of self-leadership is an essential capability for personal development and professional success in a rapidly changing world.

This program provides a unique forum for growth and development through the experience and integration of learning from practice and reflection, learning from others, learning from highly-interactive small group exercises, and learning from theory and case studies.


Participants will:

  • Develop knowledge and experience of self-leadership.

  • Develop new, lifelong skills that can be applied immediately.

  • Improve ability to get things done with others.

  • Identify organizational challenges and how to apply GISC leadership
    principles to address those challenges.

  • Deepen understanding of the linkage between effective team
    leadership and organizational performance.

  • Improve skills for managing differences and resistance.

  • Strengthen capability to handle situations effectively real-time.

  • Build new levels of trust, appreciation, and teamwork with others
    from their organization.

  • Be eligible for GISC coaching services at a discounted rate to help
    facilitate integration of course learnings in the workplace.


This program is designed for high-potential, mid- to senior-level directors and managers in small, medium and large organizations including public, private, and nonprofits. Participants may attend individually without other members of their organization. However, this program offers the unique opportunity for participants to attend with other leaders from the same organization.


Custom Programs - GISC can custom design training programs specifically to meet the needs of your team or organization. Several of our open-enrollment programs can be tailored for on-site delivery at your location to meet your specific requirements. Please contact us to inquire.



Dates and Fees:

Individual and Group Effectiveness

Inquire about 2018 dates!

Fee $4,300
CE Hours 32
Faculty Marianne Roy
  John Wipfler
Massachusetts organizations: 50% tuition reimbursement is available for organizations with fewer than 100 employees. Click here for information about how to apply for these grants from the state.

“Participatingtogether as a leadership team made the experience more effective.”

Douglas Eby, MD, MPH, CPE
Vice President, Medical Services
Southcentral Foundation

“GISC is a gem of a resource located in a
retreat like atmosphere. My work group was International, challenging and highly personal. What’s more, the training allowed me to further my skill set in a comfortable, unpretentious, supportive and learning-centric environment. The experience truly changed my professional life and perspective by tapping into my intuitive, communication and creative resources to further my organization via more skillful human relations with my colleagues I recommend GISC to anyone looking for something different and real. Even the most jaded professionals will walk away changed
for the better.”

Gerry Desautels, MEd
Director of Development

Latham Centers Inc.


Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900