Leadership-n-Race Report ImageI am happy to announce that the Leadership and Race report has been launched! I and several other folks including Sally Leiderman, Deborah Meehan, Maggie Potapchuk, Professor john a. powell, and others contributed to this collectively authored project published by Leadership Learning Community.

The report, How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice, suggests that a large number of leadership programs associate leadership with equal opportunity and individualism. This thinking does not recognize that current systems (i.e. policy, culture and institutional practices) can cause racial identity to impact one’s access to life opportunities. It also focuses too narrowly on changing the behavior of individual leaders.  Key recommendations for leadership programs include:

  1. Make programs more accessible for people of color
  2. Help participants understand how race limits the access to opportunities
  3. Promote collective leadership

The report offers concrete recommendations and methods to help leadership programs and participants promote racial justice through their work.

I encourage you to read more about the report, download it, and join several of the authors for a free webinar on 9/28 to discuss the key findings.

We hope to have a significant impact on how leadership programs are preparing their participants to bring a more race conscious lens to all policy and service work.  I hope you join us in promoting this important work.