What Is Distinctive About Our Programs?

Our master’s degree and graduate certificate programs engage the whole person, by supporting critical thinking, personal development, and transformational approaches to leadership, conflict engagement, and adult learning.

We support you with a strong academic education and real-world applications so you can successfully take on the professional challenges and rewards ahead of you.

What is distinctive about our program - leadershipIn addition to gaining graduate-level mastery in course content areas, students in our programs:

  • Learn more effective ways to assess and resolve the challenges of conflict and organizational issues
  • Acquire powerful communication skills
  • Gain greater capacity for perspective-taking
  • Develop their powers of observation

Our students achieve greater influence within their organizations because they learn the best practices that are fundamental to leadership excellence and successful conflict analysis and engagement. Students not only study pioneers in a wide array of discipline, such as Jack Mezirow, Robert Kegan, Ken Wilber, BillTorbert, Bernie Mayer, Richard Barrett, Ron Heifetz, Donald Schon, and Leslie Combs, but also interact during the program with some of these great theorists and practitioners.   Read about our entire ISCL Faculty.

There are three unique hallmarks to our programs:

Our online classes and residencies offer a unique learning environment, one that is a distinct and individualized balance of challenge and support. Our approach is to meet students at their current level of understanding and at the same time challenge the limits of that understanding toward greater effectiveness and success.

To enroll in our Management & Leading Change or our Conflict Analysis & Engagement program is to accept our invitation to join us on a transformational journey, where the destination is your own success and effectiveness in management, leading change, or intervening in conflict. This transformation happens in our residencies, our online virtual classrooms, our communities of practice and in your own thinking, writing, and conversations with your peers and instructors.

Join us and become more than who you think you are! Become more of who you can be!

Read More About Our Unique Hallmarks

An Integral Approach

An outlook that employs only one approach or perspective limits our capacity to understand and manage the complex dimensions that underlie every situation. To be effective, we must arrive at a more complete understanding. An Integral approach provides a way to see and organize multiple perspectives in order to more successfully

  1. identify and investigate essential aspects of complex situations
  2. analyze the evolution, interaction, and impact of essential aspects on the situation
  3. develop comprehensive strategies that address all aspects
  4. implement and model comprehensive interventions
  5. and integrate the multiple perspectives of meaning and experience essential to designing and guiding innovative work.


Transformational Action Inquiry

Engaging in transformational action inquiry leads to new and more productive forms of thinking and communicating, encourages new discoveries in ourselves and others, which in turn opens doors to new learning and growth. Transformational action inquiry, in contrast to traditional reflective practice approaches, asks us to go beyond simply gathering more information to

  1. unpack and challenge your assumptions
  2. investigate new questions
  3. consider multiple perspectives and hypotheses
  4. understand and use multiple communication styles
  5. and seek new information about yourself and others.

We support you in this journey by guiding you to a new and more powerful form of understanding and increased “reflection in action,” leading to more successful relationships and more rewarding work.

A Developmental Curriculum

The developmental curriculum of our two master’s programs is founded on one basic principle: In order to encourage growth, an environment must offer an optimal balance of challenge and support.

As our world and its problems become more complex, it is essential that our capacity to understand and manage them also becomes more complex. Think of our developmental curriculum as a bridge – a structure firmly anchored in your current frame of reference as well as in the one toward which you are headed. This bridge fulfills the essential requirements of meeting and supporting you where you are, and guiding and accompanying you toward where you want to be, supporting you to develop stronger capacities and effectiveness in your personal and professional life.