06-04-18 Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Khadija Moalla
Embracing Our Identities as Assets: Interrupting Exclusionary “Isms”
Each and every one has the capacity to embrace our many identities without excluding anyone anywhere. This requires a foundational shift in our exclusive, defensive, exclusionary mindset. Depending on whether or not we choose to source universal values for our thinking and actions, our social, professional and personality profiles can be either nurturing or disempowering, inclusive or divisive. Instead of letting our identities become disruptive forces, we have the choice to embracing our “identities” as assets for humanity. This is one of the essentials for peace.
We socialize and support our children to realize their full potential; but we often become rigid and impart exclusionary perspectives. We are often unaware of our own biases and their consequences, and/or unwilling to examine the assumptions behind our opinions and actions.
The patterns of ‘otherness’ and exclusion — racism, casteism, classism, sexism, tribalism, hateful religiosity– can be interrupted by embodying universal values for strategic action and results. We will discuss ways to transcend our separative and scarcity mindset. Let us explore how we can choose to move beyond token representation, superficial gestures of inclusion, inadequate support for people who are marginalized by cultures or systems, and the hollow politically correct statements we make.
Fallacy: I am who I am because of my family, my religion, my nationality, my race, my tribe, my caste– this is what defines me, this is my identity.
New learning: Where I am born is a matter of chance, not choice. This determines the language I speak, the religion I follow, the name of the country on my passport. As I embrace my social profile — nationality, race, religion, gender, class, tribe, language– I do so transcending all divisive perspectives and actions. I am able to embrace diversity, authentically, accepting others in an inclusive way, standing in dignity and equity for all. Our most powerful ‘identity’ for a paradigm shift lies in our unique inner capacities; and we source universal values for strategic action.
Third Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Khadija Moalla
Bio: With 25 years of experience in Development, including 10 years in Senior Leadership positions in the United Nations, Dr. Khadija Moalla’s repertoire includes extensive expertise in International Law and Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Governance and Rule of Law, Civil Society Organizations and the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Moalla is also a recognized global expert in the Transformational Leadership Methodology and provided trainings and lecturer in more than 60 countries in the five continents.
As the UNDP Practice Team Leader in the Arab States, Dr. Moalla coordinated initiatives to sensitize and mobilize religious Leaders, political leadership, leaders from the art and media, NGOs, legislators and private sector leaders, for ten years. Previously, Dr. Moalla taught international law at the University of Law of Tunis and the Diplomatic Institute and was a practicing Lawyer for ten years.
Dr. Moalla has provided advice and shared in constructing policies of the League of Arab States and the Arab Parliament, she is also one of the Founding members of the New Middle East Gender Parity at the World Economic Forum and a Founding Member of the Global Legal Network. Dr. Moalla received the Leadership Award from the United Nations General Assembly President for her work with Religious Leaders through the establishment of the Multi-Faith Network CHAHAMA and received the Excellency Award of the 2010 South-South Global Expo for successful innovative solutions. Dr. Moalla was chosen as one of the most influential 500 personalities of the Arab region, in 2011.