Intercultural Leadership for Generational Impact

Session 2


Session length : 22 minutes 3 seconds


In this intercultural leadership session, you will learn how essential vision is to driving positive change in a community. You also will learn the best ways to interact with local leaders in hard places to accomplish change and bring the light of hope.

Learning Objectives

You will learn about the sources of vision, the importance of a community owning the vision, and knowing when to get out of the way.
You will understand the importance of trusting local leaders and immersing yourself in their communities, listening to them, and collaborating with them.

Key Takeaways

  • The sources of vision. Vision is important because it keeps us living. People need to be inspired and have a reason to wake up every day. Vision comes from “the four S’s”:

    • Scripture: What is God telling us from His Word?

    • Situation: When people aren’t happy with the status quo, they want to make a change and see a better future.

    • Sample: When you watch someone succeed, you learn from them and are inspired by them.

    • Success: When people see results, they get excited and are driven to pursue a bigger vision.
  • Owning the vision. To affect positive change in a community, people need to see you as someone who will journey with them, not someone who will dictate to them. You’ll need to go to the people, live with them, learn from them, start with what they know, and build on what they have. Here are three more letters to consider in your intercultural relationship projects: P, O, C:

    • P = Participation. Participation brings ownership.

    • O = Ownership brings commitment.

    • C = Commitment. You cannot get the commitment of the people in a community if they do not own the plan or the vision, and they can only own the vision if they have participated in crafting that vision.
  • Know when to get out of the way. Your role in development is to help the people, and then get out of the way. Let them move forward while you move on to help another community
  • Trusting local leaders. Look for people with experience, expertise, focus, the ability to listen, and excitement about the vision
  • Youths need inspiration to have a vision for a better future, and this is where Child Champions come in. Kids need the three M’s:

    • Models
    • Mentors
    • Motivators
  • Cauliflower Development
  • Empowerment
  • Parameters
  • Hard Places
  • Hope
  • Humility
  • Genesis 11, building the Tower of Babel
  • Why is vision important?
  • Where does vision come from?
  • Why is it important for a community to “own” a vision?
  • David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Chair and Professor at Weatherhead School of Management, lists four stages of appreciative inquiry: 1. Discovery 2. Dream 3. Design 4. Deliver


Ricardo Toyditz Cosico, Jr., is Regional Program Support Manager for Asia for One Child, a global community of Child Champions that advocates for and provides holistic care to more than 40,000 children in 16 of the world’s poorest countries. Toyditz began his journey with One Child in March 2019. Toyditz grew up in an impoverished community in the Philippines and was only able to complete his education because his mother did domestic work abroad, away from her family. A schoolteacher by profession, Toyditz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education before being called to work in Community Development for the next 20 years. He then served for three years as a consultant for Tear Fund and was with Compassion International for nine years. Through his service in the Philippines, he has been able to fulfill his passion for outreach, as well as an interest in training and mentoring future leaders. Toyditz is a skilled relationship builder who works hard to connect with potential ministry partners and equip local churches, Hope Center staff, and colleagues all over the world with the tools they need to succeed. Alongside his wife, Manette (a fellow OneChild leader), and two grown sons, he is motivated to bring hope to children in hard places and to serve as an example that by the grace of God, they too can reach their full potential.

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