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.

Image of Publication Cover - Leading CreativelySince 1999, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) has made intergenerational leadership development a key component in its service to the field of arts and media.  They began their Leadership Institute 10 years ago to strengthen the connections and deepen the capacity of the field.  As part of their A Closer Look anthology series, they invited seven authors to report, reflect on and interpret arts leadership as it is being practiced today.   I was invited to specifically pay attention to the Leadership Institute and spent the Fall and Winter of 2009 interviewing facilitators and past participants and analyzing the institute offerings and evaluations. All of this rich experience and collection of information has been put into context resulting in “Ten Years Stronger: NAMAC Leadership Institute 2000-2010.”  This comprehensive look back that documents and celebrates the learning as well as pointing to possibility is available now! Download A Closer Look now from the NAMAC site.

[This site is in development.  Please pardon us while we work on our online presence.]

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”  – Cornel West

I have been using this video of Chimamanda Adichie from TED for the last 9 months to talk about the responsibility of the storyteller and the role and power of story in leadership.  She refers to the danger of the single story in understanding and acting in the world.  What do you all think? What  stories might you need to seek? What stories might you need to retire?

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