Panel: Next-Gen Leaders for the Nonprofit Sector


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Jennifer M. Pigza, Ph.D., Academic Chair, Graduate Program in Leadership for Social
Justice, Saint Mary’s College of California
Panelists: Stacy Kono, Director, Programmatic Partnerships, Rockwood Institute
Elissa Perry, Program Catalyst, Network Leadership Innovation Lab
Ann Kletz, Principal, Leadership Search Partners
Ahmed Mansur, Director, Urban Economy Institute

Join a conversation with leadership development specialists and coaches about what
it means to embrace and embody sustainable leadership. Specifically the conversation
will explore how nonprofit leaders:
• Develop their inner selves in order to do their outer work
• Maintain passion in the midst of sometimes dis-passionate tasks
• Develop practices that nurture personal sustainability
• Translate care of whole self to people and organizations with whom they work

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  • 5 minutes

    Jennifer will welcome folks to the session and provide BRIEF introductions based on what was posted on the website.
  • 2 minutes

    JENNIFER … Remind ourselves of our purpose in these 45 minutes.
    We have gathered this panel to offer their ideas and experience.
    Each will share some of their wisdom on these questions.
    There will be time for reflection, listening, conversation, and the beginning of meaning-making.
  • 3 minutes

    JENNIFER … Let’s start by reminding ourselves about what matters most in our professional lives.
  • 5 minutes

    JP … Elissa, talk with us about what it means to think about and embody leadership differently in a 21st century context …

    EP … At one end leadership is : positional, seen as being held by individual/few, point of view is singular or close to it. Leadership is exclusive with a the primary goal directing.
    At the other end Leadership is position independent, the experts are the people w/ challenge not the individual or few at the top exclusively. The way of working is collaborative. The point of view is plural and inclusive with a primary goal of drawing out ideas and solutions. Some of what we’ve learned is required of leaders operating at this end of the spectrum can be defined as being and acting in integrity with the values of dignity and justice we seek to bring into high priority in the world. This integrity and dignity extends to multiple levels from the intra-personal – within each of us individually, to how we interact with each other and with institutions and their relationships to one another.

    Give an example, please.
  • JENNIFER … With this particular way of thinking about leadership, we can see that what used to be a rigid hierarchical structure has become a more complex system of relationship among people, actions, policies, and priorities.

    Ahmad … 5 minutes …
  • 5 minutes

    JENNIFER… So, if we are doing leadership differently, then we need to think about growth and development of leadership differently.
    Ann, Tell us about how you see what is foundational to growth and sustainable leadership for non-profit leaders.

    ANN …
    [please provide example when describing the three items.]
  • 5 minutes

    JENNIFER … Stacy, at Rockwood Institute you have a particular way of thinking about how change happens within individuals and people … tell us about that …

    How many of you know it’s important to take care of yourself but have a hard time making it happen?

    Introduce Wheel of Change (see attached image)

    Explain Hearts/Minds, Behaviors and Systems.

    Apply WOC with an example.

    5 minutes of conversation with a neighbor.
    10 minutes Q +A with the panelists.

    2 minutes for taking charge!
  • Panel: Next-Gen Leaders for the Nonprofit Sector

    1. 1. Next Gen Leaders for the Non-Profit Sector Jennifer Pigza, Saint Mary’s College of California Ann Kletz, Leadership Search Partners Stacy Kono, Rockwood Institute Ahmad Mansur, Urban Economy Institute Elissa Perry, Network Leadership Innovation Lab
    2. 2. What does it mean to embrace sustainable leadership? How can you-we… • Develop our inner selves in order to do our outer work • Maintain passion in the midst of sometimes dis-passionate tasks • Develop practices that nurture personal sustainability • Translate care of whole self to people and organizations with whom we work
    3. 3. Take 2 Minutes: What matters most to you?
    4. 4. Thinking-Doing Leadership Differently Simple Technical Direction Self-Sovereign Complex Adaptive Coach’s Stance Self-Transforming
    5. 5. Embracing Complexity in Leadership “There is a mismatch between the world’s complexity and our own moment … Complexity is not a story about the world but about leaders adapting to its challenges.” Robert Kegan, Harvard Professor Author, Immunity To Change
    6. 6. What is Foundational to Growth? Play Reflective Practice Trust “The result of play is that we stumble upon new behaviors, thoughts, strategies, movements or ways of being. We see things in a different way and have fresh insights.” (Stuart Brown, 2009) “Reflection is the absolute necessary intervening activity that converts input - whatever our experiences are - into meaningful working knowledge that can then be tested in other settings.” (Chickering, Dalton, & Stamm, 2006) “Vulnerability-based trust is what happens when members get to the point where they are completely comfortable being transparent and honest with one another, where they can say and genuinely mean things like ‘I screwed up,’ ‘I need help,’ ‘Your idea is better than mine,’ and even, ‘I am sorry’.” (Patrick Lencioni, 2012)
    7. 7. Wheel of Change for Individuals “To create real change for individuals (including ourselves), we must work in an integrated way with the three major domains that comprise our human system.” (Robert Gass, 2007)
    8. 8. Conversation • What have you heard in this conversation that could be helpful to you? • How would you like to deepen your knowledge and practice of leadership?
    9. 9. Take 2 Minutes to Take Charge! • What actions reinforce and develop what matters most? • What commitments can you make to nurture your own leadership? • What will you do to nurture the next generation of non- profit leaders?
    10. 10. Contact Us  Jennifer M. Pigza, Ph.D., Saint Mary’s College of California,  Ann Kletz, Leadership Search Partners,  Stacy Kono, Rockwood Leadership Institute,  Ahmad Mansur, Urban Economy Institute,  Elissa Perry, Network Leadership Innovation Lab,