Foundations for Leadership 2019 (September 17-19, 2019)

Facilitated by Peter Senge & Robert Hanig

September 17-19, 2019
Ashland, Massachusetts

Deepen your capacity to lead effectively and learn how to create an adaptive, flexible learning organization. Explore what it takes to create an environment where leadership is a shared responsibility, naturally embedded in the fabric of an organization and community. This intensive, interactive, three-day program is based on the leadership development process described in The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge, identified as a seminal management book by Harvard Business Review. The essence of leadership concerns the capacity of a human community to shape its future. Foundations for Leadership delves into both the personal and inherently collective aspects of leadership. At the workshop, special attention is given to the domains of personal mastery, mental models, and systems thinking as they apply to leading and initiating meaningful change.

Program Logistics (Fall Session: September, 2019)

Event Start & End Times
Day-1 starts with the registration at 8:00 AM. Day-1 sessions start at 8:30 AM and ends at 7:00 PM. Day-2 starts at 8:30 AM and ends around 6:00 PM (and the reception/dinner follows). Day-3 starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. Please plan your travel accordingly. It is a condition of registration that you plan to attend the entire program.

The Warren Conference Center & Inn, 529 Chestnut Street, Ashland, MA 01721. Tel: (508) 231-3000.

Accommodations (Terms)
Rooms have been blocked at the Warren Conference Center & Inn at $169 per night (plus taxes and fees.) Participants are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms. The cut-off date for the group rate is August 17, 2019. We cannot guarantee room availability or the group rate after this date.

To book a room, call +1-508 231-3000 and mention you are an attendee of the workshop by the Systems Leadership Institute. We recommend that you check in on September 16th due to the early start in the Day #1 morning.

At this workshop, you will connect with and benefit from the perspectives of colleagues from a wide range of organizations from around the world. The special contribution of this leadership course emerges as participants make the profound connections between personal mastery and systems thinking, seeing that deep change in systems and in oneself are inseparable from each other.

Program Objectives

As a program participant you will:

  • Learn and practice the Five Disciplines of organizational learning
  • Understand how underlying systemic structures shape behavior and how to recognize and shift those structures
  • Explore underlying beliefs and assumptions and their impact on your capacity to lead effectively
  • Develop a vision for your organization and for yourself
  • Facilitate conversations that promote learning and collaboration
  • Experience the development of a learning community among the participants
  • Gain a new set of tools and an understanding of how to facilitate meaningful change, both for yourself, and within your community or organization



Peter Senge

Author, Senior Lecturer at MIT,

Peter is the author of the widely acclaimed The Fifth Discipline, considered by Harvard Business Review to be the seminal management book of the previous 75 years. Peter continues to push the boundaries of our understanding of organizational learning to elicit what new might be possible. Continue...

Robert Hanig


Robert Hanig is an internationally recognized leader in the field of Organizational Learning and Systems Change. He is a founding member of the Academy for Systems Change (, a founding member of the Systems Leadership Institute (Society for Organizational Learning) a founding member of the Society for Organizational Learning (, and the founder of RLH Consulting. Continue...

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    Dr. Richard Owens, Director, Centre for Innovation in Leadership and Learning

  • Foundations for Leadership was a life changing experience.
    I feel like so many different doors and perspectives have opened in front of me.

    Sebastian Gaggero, Program Participant