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Indigenous Leadership: A Communal Approach to Organizational Sustenance


The notion of leadership predates written words. People have always depended on each other as a way of survival and their tribal leaders fostered interdependence and community to help them do so. Indigenous leadership includes universal and egalitarian concepts to develop connectedness, address conflict, and repair harm. This class explores these indigenous concepts and its timeless and modern application in leadership.

Learning Objectives

  • How to use an indigenous mindset for leadership 

  • Understand the need to build community to foster and sustain organizational connectedness

  • Building skills to lead restorative conversations 

  • Identify opportunities to repair harm and restore relationships 

Guest Instructor Info

Jimmie Heags Jr.

Jimmie Heags Jr., MA, LSC, LPCC, LADC, ACS is an adjunct instructor for the Training Institute. Jimmie's clinical work has been with mostly black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). He approaches his work with genuine curiosity, and feels honored to be trusted with their sacred thoughts and feelings. Jimmie is a trainer and consultant in Restorative Practices, Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) as well as other Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches. Prior to his work as an associate therapist, he served as an Adjunct Instructor for Adler Graduate School in their School Counseling Program.

He is part-owner of Canopy Mental Health & Counseling, a provider of culturally informed therapy services for historically under-served and marginalized populations in the Twin Cities. This work allows him to provide educators with social emotional interventions and provide clinical supervision for pre-licensed therapist candidates.

In his free time Jimmie serves as the chair of the Minneapolis NAACP Integrated Health committee.

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work

2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)

MN Board of Nursing

This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

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