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The Circular Leadership Framework

Everything we do in LEAD360 is grounded in the four values of the Circular Leadership framework: Interdependence, Accessibility, Justice, and Experiential Learning. The Circular Leadership framework was developed in 2018 right here at Northeastern University, and serves as the foundation for all of our various LEAD360 programs. But why a circle? A circle symbolizes togetherness, growth, wholeness, inclusion, and other traits that we all hold and seek to develop as leaders. The name LEAD360 comes from the fact that a circle has 360 degrees (just like our campus address, 360 Huntington.

In LEAD360, we believe that:

  • Everyone is capable of leadership
  • Leadership is a process of continual learning and development
  • The goal of leadership is to accomplish positive change
  • The process of achieving a goal is just as important as the outcome

Values of Circular Leadership

  • Interdependence: A circle is a locus of points that are the same distance from the center, all points are in relationship and needed for it to be a circle and not a curved line. How can we, as leaders, work to uplift the ways in which we need one another, across difference, to be whole?
  • Accessibility: A circle has no concave features, and there is no part of a circle that is hidden from the rest. What can we, as leaders, do to eliminate exclusionary barriers?
  • Justice: A circle is non-hierarchical; no part of a circle is more important or holds more power than any other part. What can we, as leaders, do to share power and break down hierarchical systems?
  • Experiential Learning: A circle is cyclical/continuous and, like a wheel, represents being in motion. How can we, as leaders, continue on our leadership journey, not as a destination, but as an ongoing process of learning and unlearning?

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