Important Key Components, Process, and Lessons
Sabeel Rahman, Demos' president, introduces their organization's recent report on racial equity transformation.
With so much at stake for the social change movements, Senior Director, Linda Wood writes how we must listen to leaders about what they really need—and to work as hard as we can to help their organizations and their movements succeed.
It takes skilled leaders to change policies and systems and to do the hard work of advancing rights and creating opportunities for all people. And it takes strong, fully-funded organizations to keep at it and to work effectively in social movements.
But across the country, nonprofit organizations and public agencies are tackling tremendous challenges with limited support. Investing in leadership development makes a big difference; stronger leaders catalyze lasting and transformational change and get better results.
The private sector invests billions of dollars in leadership development because businesses know that skilled leaders are a powerful investment. Leaders who have the opportunity to reflect on their strategies, hone their skills, and grow their networks make better choices, innovate solutions and forge genuine collaborations.
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I can’t say enough about how important leadership development is. (I)t’s like adding protein powder to your other grants. If you want your other grants to be successful, if you want your grantees to do the best job in meeting their deliverables and moving the ball forward in their movements, you have to invest in leadership development.Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Foundation
Linda leads the Fund’s work to strengthen leaders, organizations and movements that are advancing social change.
No matter how urgent and how dynamic the particular moment is, we are in organizations that are in this for the long haul. We have to also make sure that we’re taking care of ourselves, taking care of our staff, taking care of our leaders, and nurturing and growing our organizations.Reverend Deborah Lee, immigrant rights organizer