Leading Through the Lens of Polarity Thinking

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Discovery Center

Brookfield Zoo

8400 W 31st St

Brookfield, IL 60513

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Facilitated by Marin Burton and Andrea Williams, Center for Creative Leadership

While some issues are problems with a definite answer, the more challenging issues are polarities — situations in which either side has benefits and drawbacks. Attempting to address these issues with traditional problem solving skills only makes things worse.

There is a significant, competitive advantage for an educational leader who can distinguish between a problem to solve and a polarity to manage and is effective with both. In this session, we will explore Polarity Thinking and how leaders can use this lens to effectively manage individual, team or organizational challenges.

Learning objectives include:

  • Increase understanding of polarities and tensions that exist within leadership roles
  • Develop practical self-awareness about relevant polarities & preferences about core leadership tasks
  • Understand polarity mapping as a tool for developing action plans for increasing leadership effectiveness


Organizations may send up to three people to the session; at least one must be a board member.

This session is presented as part of the 2019 Leadership Institute, a shared initiative of Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation.

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Discovery Center

Brookfield Zoo

8400 W 31st St

Brookfield, IL 60513

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