Unlearning Leadership Part 1 will be a discussion and film screening with Dzifa Afonu (& special guest TBC) exploring their creative work into how we might re-conceptualise our models of leadership and develop new models that resist hegemonic conceptualisations around leadership and power.
Unlearning leadership is about questioning the ways we have learned that leaders should be tough, independent and isolated. Unlearning leadership is inspired by black liberation and the unschooling movement to ask questions and unravel the ways that many of us still navigate around colonial and patriarchal views of what good leadership looks like. Unlearning leadership seeks to imagine leadership and social change work from a more resourced, joy-filled and connected perspective.
These sessions will be online with closed captioning available. If there are any access needs you’d like us to consider, please email email@example.com.
Dzifa Afonu (they/them) leads HJL’s Reimagining Health and Care programme and is currently doing research around Unlearning and Decolonising Leadership. Dzifa describes themselves firstly as a creative spirit who loves playfulness. They are clinical psychologist by training, bringing to this title a decolonising and deconstructing energy. As an artist they love the art of everyday life, the creative nature of the human mind, and communication through image colour and metaphor. They are also dedicated to supporting those in frontline work with marginalised people. With over 20 years of experience in activism and 10 years experience working in the NHS, they bring a personal insight into the possibilities, limitations and places for growth in both institutional and grassroots organising systems. They are interested in the ways we can bridge the gaps between work and play and grappling with finding new ways of building community and supporting leadership that step away from grind culture and create opportunities for real freedom.