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“If someone is trying to impact an organization or impact what’s external without having done any internal work or without being open to changing internally, we can’t do it. So transformative leadership is really the key.” 

“…being imperfect is a requirement to lead…”

Early one winter morning I was interviewed by the fabulous Rajkumari Neogy (scroll down for Raj’s bio) of the Queer Leadership Institute. Her questions were great and some of my answers still felt good and made me think or smile or say hmmm, all these months later. It’s not too cringe-worthy! A few winces and some useful points, at least for sparking more learning and conversation, if I may say so myself.  Take a listen and let me know what you think!

GroundSpark is offering FREE streaming this month and next to help provide critical tools to youth and adults to address bullying. Check out this “spark” which lets you see excerpts, stream, and get other resources.  Pass it on!

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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.