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ACE

A disruptive model of leadership
Introduction 
ACE is a model of leadership that provides leaders and organisations with a framework in which to disrupt normality and create significant change. It has been specifically designed as a tool for leaders who are committed to greater diversity, inclusion and equity in their organisations, but has far wider application.

Why ACE?
ACE has evolved from our work in leadership and diversity and inclusion over the last 10 years. Our model is evolutionary, not discounting what your organisation may have already done but acknowledging that leaders need to be disrupted and then be disrupters to create change. The model also recognises the urgency for change and has the most impact when rooted in acknowledging the influence of our past, the importance of working through conflict to establish truth and building a commitment to trust.
The Model
ACE has three interdependent themes:
• Allyship
• Challenge
• Experiment
ALLYSHIP 
An ally is any person who actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional, positive and conscious efforts that benefit people as a whole. Allies acknowledge they hold positions of privilege and actively leverage their privilege for those with less access. Allyship should be intrinsic to leadership and not perceived or treated as an add on.

CHALLENGE
If leaders will not challenge their organisations, then who will? Leaders cannot afford to be complacent about the structure, systems and culture they head. They must constructively challenge the norms to ensure that they promote equity and inclusion. Leaders need to begin by holding up a mirror and challenging themselves by asking searching questions.

EXPERIMENTATION 
Science is the art of discovery through experimentation. Performance improvements are not achieved by doing the same thing. They are realised through trying new things, making mistakes and learning and making (typically unexpected) creative breakthroughs.

Experimentation means leaders ask interesting questions about new possibilities, draw hypothesis and innovate.

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