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New Report: A Guide for Strengthening the Collective Impact of Your Leadership Development Work


As part of the Leadership for a New Era (LNE) initiative - a collaborative research initiative that seeks to promote more inclusive, networked and collective leadership models - the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) has generated a series of "How To" guides for leadership program staff. The guides are supported by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


The guides can be read separately or as an interconnected series. They also offer recommendations on these important topics: read more »

  • How to use action learning to achieve your results
  • How to recruit to maximize the value of your cohort
  • How to cultivate and activate your network

LLC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: International Leadership Pioneer, Cheryl Francisconi, IIE

LLC Member Spotlight: Cheryl Francisconi

Cheryl Francisconi is an international pioneer in designing and implementing leadership strategies at the country level to meet the needs of local and emerging leaders by providing them with the supports they need to take their leadership to the next level, including being part of an in-country leadership network. LLC had the pleasure of working with Cheryl on a reproductive health leadership evaluation in the mid-2000s. As a program director, Cheryl always advocated for leadership approaches that were responsive to the needs of participants.  Too often leadership programs provide a one size fits all curriculum, with no plans for follow-on engagement of alumni.  Not so for the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health program that Cheryl ran, which was a model of a more sustainable and impactful approach to developing and supporting leadership in developing countries, like Ethiopia.  Cheryl always speaks with passion, clarity, and deep credibility about what it takes to support leadership in ways that are sustainable and impactful over the long haul.    

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Guest Blog Post: Dalai Lama Fellows: Ethics for a Whole World


By: Bidisha Banerjee, Dalai Lama Fellows

Dalai Lama Fellows is a new program personally authorized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to guide a global network of young social entrepreneurs to deepen their effectiveness by embracing secular ethics and contemplative values. Over the past two years, we have given grants of up to $10,000 to student-led compassion-in-action projects in locations including Oakland, Appalachia, Atlanta, New York City, Kashmir, Dharamsala, Yogayakarta, Ghana, Jerusalem, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Tanzania, Egypt, Kenya, the Philippines, and Navajo Nation.


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Guest Blog Post: Weaving a Network to Build a Central Valley Health Equity Movement


By Vivian Zamora, Central Valley Health Policy

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute has dedicated itself to eliminating health disparities in the poor counties of the San Joaquin Valley. CVHPI recently partnered with the Leadership Learning Community to engage graduates of the Health Policy Leadership Program in a six month project to intentionally weave the network and strengthen their capacity to grow a health equity movement in the Central Valley. CVHPI established a network weavers team that included graduates from  different sectors that unite with the same passion to address the social determinants of health that led the Central Valley to have among the worst health outcomes in the country. This team has resulted in relationships being built between people who are starting to see each other as resources, and beginning to envision how they could form the nucleus of a regional health equity network.

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2012 Webinar: Leadership and Web 2.0 | Follow-Up Q&A with Grady McGonagill


Following the 2012 Webinar: Leadership and Web 2.0, presenter Dr. Grady McGonagill, LLC board member and principal of McGonagill Consulting, shares comments and answers questions from participants.

Q: Could you summarize what is the essential message of your presentation? I’m not very good at “essential messages.”  A weakness I’ll no doubt carry to the grave. But among the central messages are the following: read more »

  • The Web is having a revolutionary impact on organizations in all sectors, with some common elements across sectors (e.g., openness and transparency, loosening of boundaries, emergence of networks, and a contraction of space and time) and some that are distinctive to each sector (one that is prominent in the social sector is a shift from organization-centric to network-centric engagement; from organizations to organizing)
  • This revolutionary impact is crystallizing a shift already underway toward a new leadership paradigm, which is among other things less hierarchical and more inclusive, participatory, and collective
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