While there are many ways one can describe liberation, in its simplest terms, liberation is the experience of wholeness, freedom, justice, and thriving. Liberatory leadership invites leaders to operationalize this vision of personal and collective freedom, justice, and thriving through their individual approaches and through their organizations.
2020 initiated a radical shift in the Leadership Learning Community’s (LLC) thinking about leadership. Prior to 2020, centering equity was a cornerstone of our strategy. After the emergence of COVID and the post George Floyd rise in racial justice consciousness, we asked ourselves “what are we really seeking?” and determined we were seeking liberation. We haven’t discarded equity, but our thinking has evolved to view equity as necessary but insufficient. However, rather than seeing equity as a problem, we’ve embraced it as a path toward liberation.
Hi. Nikki Dinh here, writing my first Leadership Learning Community blog as the new Co-Executive Director. This network represents some familiar faces as well as new ones. I’m eager to (re)connect with many of you in the upcoming months.
I am very happy to announce that Nikki Dinh has joined the Leadership Learning Community as our new Co-Executive Director. An accomplished lawyer, advocate, and mother of two, Nikki is a welcomed addition to the LLC team. She brings to LLC a wealth of knowledge and experience related to diverse change models, networks, and leadership development.
The Leadership Learning Community’s search for a new Co-Executive Director continues. So far, we have reviewed all submitted applications and conducted initial interviews. As our group debriefed after the interviews to determine who we would advance in the process, I was internally chastising myself for being indecisive, as I really liked so many of the people I had the opportunity to meet.
LLCs search for a Co-Executive Director continues. As we began to receive applications and other expressions of interest, I realized that the process didn’t fully account for the intimacy of the Co-ED relationship. As I revisited the mechanics of the recruitment process- ultimately the process felt, well, mechanical. I realized that I’d assumed, but not named, a core component of the search process, personal connection.
February calls to mind three distinct things for me, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and my mother’s Birthday. As I reflect on these events, my mind comes to the challenges of Black leaders, especially Black womxn and the degree to which these leaders are, or are not, shown love. These reflections are sparked by my experiences as a Black leader, as well the experiences of my peers gleaned from conversations in both formal convenings and informal venting sessions.