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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!

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