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A New Focus for LLC | Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight

Leadership Hiding in Plain Sight

This year, LLC will be focusing on the theme of  A New Leadership Development Mindset: Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight. In the linked article, Deborah explains and provides examples of the new lens with which we are looking at leadership development. Our intention is to identify, analyze and promote approaches that help to cultivate  leadership as a collective process. Many of these approaches are built into supporting groups as they do their work and don't necessarily conform to conventional ideas about leadership development occurs or is supported.  While we think traditional programs are important, they don’t tell the entire leadership story. What’s missing are approaches that don’t necessarily operate in a traditional leadership development space, but that support individuals who engage in joint work within a network. We'd like to also look at processes that build the capacity of individuals and groups in identifying common purpose and aligning their efforts to achieve greater impact. 


Read our statement on the Leadership Learning Community's updated mission to learn more on our belief that promoting leadership as a process that is more inclusive, networked and collective will have a greater impact in advancing equity


We have been scouting for exemplary organizations that demonstrate inclusive, networked and collective approaches. Check out these examples of the New Leadership Mindset at work:


The Energy Action Network (EAN)



Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network



LINC Community Revitalization


We encourage you to connect with us via social media channels as we explore this focus:


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Position Announcement Leadership Learning Community Senior Development Associate


The Leadership Learning Community is actively seeking a resourceful and inspirational fund development person.  The new leader will work closely with the Executive Director to lead all LLC fundraising efforts and serve as a public face of the organization in the community, building and maintaining effective relationships with funders, donors and supporters, members, and community based organizations. 

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2013 Webinar: Making Social Identity Part of Community Leadership Development | Mon. July 29, 2013

Presenters: Kelly HannumTim Leisman, and Stephanie Walker of Center for Creative Leadership®

Topic: Making Social Identity Part of Community Leadership Development

Date: Mon, July 29, 2013 | 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT

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Shared and effective community leadership can be helped or hindered by our conceptions of and experiences with people from different identity groups. Add to that the reality that our experiences are embedded in larger social identity structures and dynamics within communities that in many cases are reinforcing negative patterns. So how can social identity best be raised and addressed in community leadership development programs? How can ideas about social identity expand our thinking about community and about leadership?  We are on a journey to develop a curriculum that can serve as a resource to community leaders (and by leaders we mean everyone contributing to leadership, not just those with a formal leadership role). Specifically we aim to build awareness about social identity dynamics in people and communities to enhance the ability of individuals and groups to work together more effectively in order to achieve "common good" community outcomes.

Guest Blog Post: Leading with a Network Mindset

By Beth Tener, New Directions Collaborative
Originally Posted on the New Directions Collaborative Blog

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Working in a network is different than working in an organization. When we invite people to join a network, we cannot expect people who have spent their entire careers working in organizations to know how to “show up” to work in networked ways. Traditional organizational structures are based on certain way of seeing the world (i.e., a mechanistic model of reality.)  Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of Visa International, makes the point in this article how unconsciously this shapes our views and behaviors:
So for four hundred years we've been trying to build all our organizations as though the Newtonian mechanistic internal model of reality were universally applicable. You know, this person reports to that person who reports to that person. Planning comes from the top and is distributed down. Everything else—money, power—is distributed up. Everything has linear cause and effect, which leads to endless manuals of rules and regulations.

If you think about it, you realize that every institution you have experienced in your lifetime is consciously or unconsciously based on that metaphor and that model. Your school operated that way, and your church, and your community, and your state. Your internal model of reality is the machine. So it doesn't surprise me at all that it's difficult to think otherwise or even to really understand that you are thinking in a mechanistic way. 

2013 Webinar: Promoting Equity in Healthcare: Evaluating the Impact of the Disparities Leadership Program | Tues. July 23, 2013

Presenters: Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH and Roderick K. King, MD, MPH of Massachusetts General Hospital

Topic: Promoting Equity in Healthcare: Evaluating the Impact of the Disparities Leadership Program 

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PDT


The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is a one year executive leadership program designed to equip a cadre of leaders in healthcare with in-depth knowledge in the field of disparities, cutting-edge quality improvement strategies for identifying and addressing disparities, and leadership skills to facilitate the organizational transformation necessary to advance health care equity. With support from The Aetna Foundation, The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) conducted an external evaluation of the DLP and the program's impact on participating organizations’ efforts to address health inequities. In this webinar, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, Dr. Roderick King, Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center, and Dr. Claire Reinelt, founding member and former Research and Evaluation Director of LLC, will provide an overview of the DLP, present the findings of the evaluation and discuss lessons learned for the development and implementation of successful executive leadership programs focused on organizational transformation.

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Follow up on Systematic Civic Stewardship Webinar: Guest Blog Post by William M. Snyder

Strengthening Civic Engagement: Systematic Civic Stewardship

Author:  William M. Snyder,
Note: This is a follow up article for the recent webinar Systematic Civic Stewardship: An Organizing Model for Leading Change in the Social Sector, featuring William M. Snyder of the Social Capital Group.


My interest in “systematic civic stewardship” started 35 years ago when I was an undergraduate interested in social change, but disenchanted with the options at hand. The 1960’s talk of revolution was long gone; local non-profits were making little headway; and working with gang members at a neighborhood community center reinforced my belief that we needed system-level change.

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Share Your Feedback on the Creating Space X | 2013 Survey & Participate in Learning Clusters

We invite you to complete this short survey by June 28th and help us learn more about how to best support your learning. We welcome your feedback and are looking forward to learning about what worked and what could be improved for next year's Creating Space. We have also included a section on self-organizing opportunities, so you can indicate if you are interested in participating in learning clusters of your choice. The survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. *Additionally, by completing the survey, you can opt in to participate in a raffle to get a 50% discount on next year's Creating Space. 

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2013 Webinar: Systematic Civic Stewardship: An Organizing Model for Leading Change in the Social Sector | Monday, June 3, 2013

Presenter: William M. Snyder, Ph.D. of the Social Capital Group

Topic: Systematic Civic Stewardship: An Organizing Model for Leading Change in the Social Sector

Date: Monday, June 3, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT


Cities are becoming the most prominent context for social change in the world today, and they offer exciting opportunities for participative governance. A model of “systematic civic stewardship” frames the city as community-based, action-learning system. Leaders play key roles in neighborhood teams focused on local challenges (graduation rates, health outcomes, etc.), while learning and working with peers via city-wide communities of practice. We have much to learn about learning systems in any context—understanding how they work in communities and cities draws on organization experience and provokes new insights.

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Follow up on First Relationships, Then Results Webinar: Guest Blog Post by Stefan Lanfer


Author: Stefan Lanfer, Knowledge Officer, Barr Foundation

Note: This is a follow up article for the recent webinar First Relationships, Then Results: A New Paradigm for Leadership Development, featuring Kimberly Haskins and Stefan Lanfer of the Barr Foundation


A New Paradigm for Leadership Development

What if, instead of barreling ahead, relentlessly focused on keeping their organizations afloat (until they burn out trying), effective nonprofit leaders started delegating more and more responsibility to staff – at once paving the way for a next generation of leaders, and freeing themselves to think about their own leadership in more expansive ways?  What would it take to affect such a shift? And what would emerge if, at the same time, a critical mass of these great leaders become a great network? read more »

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