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A New Leadership Development Mindset: Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight

New Collective Leadership Mindset

Over three years ago, LLC published an important thought piece, “A New Leadership Mindset.”  In the article, we point out that most of our thinking about leadership has focused almost exclusively on leadership as the behavior on an individual influencing others.  We believe that our culture of individualism has permeated our leadership thinking causing us to look for and elevate the role of individuals in the change process missing another important dimension of leadership, i.e. leadership as the process by which many people align their efforts to take collective action on behalf of a common purpose.  We don’t negate the role of individuals in the leadership process; in fact, we believe that even more is required of individuals to take successful action with others. read more »

The Individual in Collective Leadership

About two weeks ago, I was referred to a news article called, “Dribbling Man,”[1] about a man who embarks on a mission to find himself. His chosen path: to walk from Seattle, Washington, USA to Brazil in time for the World Cup all while dribbling a soccer ball. Richard Swanson had planned to follow the coast until he arrived in 2014, but a mere two weeks after his journey began; he was killed in a collision near the 101 freeway on the Oregon coast. Although this was an extreme tragedy, what intrigued me the most was what I saw as Richard’s quest for purpose[2].

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Nonprofit Leadership News Brief: June 2013

This month’s News Brief is centered on our theme for this month, about examining leadership as a process and examining the unusual suspects in leadership development. The following stories were selected to begin a dialogue with our learning community and present some ways about thinking about leadership that aren’t usually considered leadership development.

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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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Healthy Self-Reflection and Healing at Creating Space X

I was excited to attend my first Creating Space at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore Maryland earlier this month. I was especially looking forward to meeting folks that make up our learning community and to take my understanding about leadership to the next level. The theme of this year’s Creating Space was breaking new ground as leadership development practitioners, evaluators, researchers and community organizers gathered to discuss what this means for social innovation.


But how do we strengthen ourselves in order to create change and break new ground? At Creating Space we learned the leadership development field is at a point of transition; that old leadership development frameworks are shattering, and that we are beginning to recognize and implement new community-led leadership models.

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Transition into the Managing Director Role

This is my first month as the Managing Director at LLC, after the board approved the decision to promote me a few weeks ago.  As some of you may know by following our articles on the LLC transition, this has been an interesting process for me and for the entire organization;  exploring LLC’s goals for the future and the team that we need in order to get there. I received a great welcome to this new role from the board and the community during Creating Space and I would like to thank everyone for their support!   I would also like to share some of my ideas for the vision of LLC and what I hope to bring to the community to compliment the leadership team.

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