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Grant makers invest in leadership development for many different reasons. There are three broad categories of goals and benefits that grant makers are interested in when they support this work: Stronger and more effective leaders and organizations; Social change in a community, region, or field; and, Benefits for the grant maker’s own organization.
Submitted by LLC Staff on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 13:12
Presenter: Leslie Medine, Alissa Gentille and Nick Challed of On The Move
Topic: Raising Up the Next Generation of Public Sector Leaders
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Hear from two alumni of On The Move’s leadership development program, about the organization’s innovative model to support emerging leaders within schools, public institutions, non-profit organizations and the health field. The webinar provides key principles, practices and strategies of implementation. Specifically, we explore the model’s approach of bringing together multi-generational communities of emerging and veteran leaders, who learn together to remove the barriers that prevent our collective success.
Submitted by LLC Staff on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 10:18
Submitted by LLC Staff on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 15:01
Call for Papers: Volume 5, Issue 3
Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 5, Issue 3 of The Foundation Review. This issue will be a themed issue on Leadership Development. Foundations have supported nonprofit leadership development for many years through a variety of mechanisms, such as operated programs, general capacity development grants, targeted grants and sabbatical programs. Leadership programs may focus on general leadership development or be targeted to developing leaders within a specific content area, such as environmental leadership, arts leadership, etc. More recently, programs have aimed to foster community leadership.
2012 Webinar: Strengthening the Collective Impact of Leadership Development | Tuesday September 25, 2012Submitted by Eleanor Cooney on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 10:35
Presenters: Deborah Meehan & Claire Reinelt
Topic: Strengthening the Collective Impact of Leadership Development
Date: Tuesday September 25, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT
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This webinar makes the case about why we in the field of leadership development need to think differently about whose leadership we develop, how we develop collective leadership, and the impact we have. We believe that starts with shifting our focus of attention, from individuals to groups, and from organizations to communities and networks as we design our leadership supports and programs.
Submitted by Deborah Meehan on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 11:32
The Arab Spring and the massive mobilization of people and resources in the 2008 elections have captured the imagination of leadership development programs impressed by network strategies with the potential to magnify the social impact of individuals and groups. Many leadership programs are interested in how they might incorporate a network approach to catalyze action among their graduates. LLC would like to share five lessons from conversations about program design approaches could be at odds with nurturing emergent networks: read more »
- Leadership models introduced in many leadership programs are in conflict with the leadership behaviors that are needed for network leadership.
- Few existing leadership programs are helping participants learn to use social technologies or to gain skills with network strategies that would help to ensure the success of the network.
- The top down, expert driven design of many leadership programs undermines self-organizing and peer learning opportunities that would help nurture an emergent network.
- Leadership program graduates will not automatically connect as a network simply because they have graduated from the same leadership program: there has to be a compelling purpose and the impact of the network could be amplified by being open.
- Supporting a network requires an investment in platforms and network coordination.
Submitted by Deborah Meehan on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 16:00
The Bush Foundation recently sponsored a learning community meeting of leadership development investors and practitioners in Minnesota, where I had the opportunity to learn about a very interesting community leadership development approach by the Initiative Foundation called the Healthy Community Partnership (HCP) program. Intrigued about the HCP program, I conducted a follow-up interview with Dan Frank, Program Manager for Community Development at the Initiative Foundation, so that we could share their innovative work with all of you. read more »
Guest Blog Post by Jason Weeby, Education Pioneers: Networks: The Missing Piece in Leadership DevelopmentSubmitted by Natalia Castaneda on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 11:54
A year ago, Education Pioneers made the courageous decision to depart from our conventional alumni engagement strategy to an innovative network strategy. Our new direction employs tactics that build relationships amongst our alumni rather than to our institution. This reorientation required us to challenge our assumptions about how we develop education leaders capable of transforming education in the 21st century.
Our fellows hail from the country’s most selective business, education, policy, and law graduate programs that have turned leadership development into a rich social science, but have also built their programs around the navigation of traditional hierarchies and the common scenarios of an institution. In order to build a professional network of leaders that work across agencies, Education Pioneers is revamping our curriculum to include components that teach emerging leaders how to turn to one another to accelerate change in the field.
As Education Pioneers’ director of network strategy, I reviewed academic literature and boiled the salient findings down to five network leadership competencies that we’re weaving into our curricula at Education Pioneers.
Read on for a look at practices that you can use to advance your career and deepen your impact as a professional.