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Leadership for a New Era, or LNE, is a collaborative research initiative launched by the Leadership Learning Community that focuses on understanding how leadership can become more inclusive, networked and collective. We believe the dominant model that places a strong emphasis on the individual is limiting our ability to positively impact change in our society, so we have joined forces with a diverse group of funders, researchers, practitioners and consultants in the leadership development field to make sense of what it would take to start shifting the current thinking. While we have limited the focus of our exploration to four main areas: Leadership and Race, Leadership and Networks, Collective Leadership and Leadership Across Difference, we anticipate many other areas will emerge and welcome our contributors to take the lead in exploring them.

First Report of Leadership for a New Era Series:
How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice


Leadership programs can help solve racial inequalities in access to education, healthcare, income and wealth. But according to a new report released by the Leadership Learning Community and other thought leaders in the leadership development and racial equity fields, many current approaches to leadership development actually maintain and promote racial inequalities. This is the first report to analyze the link between major philanthropy investments in the racial equity and leadership development fields. More info!

The publication is co-authored by: Terry Keleher, Applied Research Center (ARC); Sally Leiderman, Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD); Deborah Meehan, Leadership Learning Community (LLC); Elissa Perry, Think.Do.Repeat.; Maggie Potapchuk, MP Associates; Professor john a. powell, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; and Hanh Cao Yu, Ph.D., Social Policy Research Associates (SPR).



Framing Piece for Leadership for a New Era:
A New Leadership Mindset for Scaling Social Change

Over the past 50 years our thinking about leadership, whether in communities or board rooms, has been heavily influenced by heroic models of leadership. We traditionally think of leadership as the skills, qualities and behavior of an individual who exerts influence over others to take action or achieves a goal using their position and authority. At the Leadership Learning Community we believe this way of thinking about leadership is only one part of the leadership story -- one that does not fully recognize leadership as a process grounded in relationships that are fluid, dynamic, non-directive and non-unilateral. In 2009 we launched Leadership for a New Era (LNE), a collaborative research initiative, to understand leadership more fully. Understanding leadership as a process requires us to think very differently about how change occurs and how we work with others. We will never mobilize leadership at the scale needed for significant progress on social change or any other complex issue without expanding our thinking about what leadership is, how it works and how we can support it. Download the document!


Upcoming Webinars


Marla Cornelius, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

Presenter:
Marla Cornelius, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Topic: Daring to Lead 2011: Leadership Development & Support for Nonprofit Leaders
Date: Tuesday, July 26th 11:00-12:00 Noon PDT (2:00-3:00PM EDT)

Executives’ use of coaching, peer networks, and leadership development programs are on the rise and are ranked the top three most effective strategies by executive directors for leadership development and support. And while shared leadership is a common value among the vast majority of nonprofit executives, many find it challenging to put these values into practice through organizational systems and structures. These findings are among those reported in Daring to Lead 2011 CompassPoint’s recent study of over 3000 nonprofit executives nationwide. Join us for a discussion of the report’s findings, implications, and the actions that nonprofit leaders, funders, and capacity builders can take to better support executives and the organizations they dare to lead. Webinar participants will leave with:
  • A better understanding of the kinds of professional development activities and leadership development support that executives directors utilize most and find most effective
  • A better understanding of the kinds of challenges leaders face when trying to operationalize shared leadership values inside their organizations
  • A few concrete action items that nonprofit leaders, funders, and capacity builders can implement to support nonprofit leaders and their staffs.





June Holly, Network Weaver

Presenter:
June Holley, Network Weaver
Topic: Are You A Network Weaver?
Date: Tuesday, August 23rd 11:00-12:00 Noon PDT (2:00-3:00PM EDT)

This interactive session will introduce the term Network Weaver as a way of understanding how leadership is shifting in a networked world. You will have access to a simple checklist so that you can identify your strengths and challenges as a Network Weaver. June will explain four roles -- connector, facilitator, coach and network guardian — filled by Network Weavers and share activities that you can implement with your networks.











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