WIDENING THE SPECTRUM OF LEADERSHIP TO DANCE WHERE YOU ARE
February 11, 2015
Grantee News From Management Assistance Group:
We operate in a time of increasing complexity, where we frequently cannot control or predict what will effect change, where dynamic forces affect the broader movement ecosystem, and where interdependent relationships are vital to our work. To progress on the long arc of justice we need to get much smarter about how to engage the leadership of all who care about justice. We need to transcend the futile search for the one or two best leadership approaches and understand a spectrum of leadership—to know what kind of leadership is required by a particular context or task, and to create the conditions in people and systems to flex across these approaches to leadership.
That there are different ways to exercise leadership is not a new revelation. Many concepts and practices of leadership have been explored, embraced, discarded, studied and even proselytized in organizational and movement contexts since the mid 20th century. In the last ten years (largely as a result of the increasingly dynamic and complex settings most organizations find themselves in), there has been a flurry of interest in a range of leadership models designed to deepen and more fully engage our combined capacity to transform our communities and the world—such as shared leadership, distributed leadership, collective leadership, collaborative leadership, etc.
Our intention here is not to define these terms or to specify what leadership should look like for our movements and organizations but to share a frame for leadership – to understand what leadership approach might be needed at different times in our movement spaces and what supports people and systems to respond and function effectively. More>