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  1. 1. Transforming Power and Privilege: A 21ST CENTURY LEADERSHIP COMPETENCY Renato P. Almanzor, PhD Director of Programs, LeaderSpring (510) 286-8949Leadership Learning CommunityLeadership Webinar SeriesFebruary 27, 2013
  2. 2. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONSWhat are the necessary leadership competencies for transforming power and privilege? What are the conditions necessary to developthese competencies in the context of leadership development programming?
  3. 3. AGENDA• Introduction and overview• LeaderSpring’s philosophy on leadership development• Competence: Transforming power and privilege • Knowledge: Vision for well-being • Skills: Altering arrangements • Capacity: Agency • Will: Purpose 3
  4. 4. VISION VALUESOur dream is that leaders, organizations and communities in the Leadership: Taking responsibility for what matters. Leadership is ansocial sector achieve their promise and potential to create a on-going practice at all levels of an organization and community,healthy and equitable society. transcending title or position. LeaderSpring trains emerging, mid- career and senior leaders, and helps them foster leadership in others.MISSION Community well-being: A balanced satisfaction of personal,LeaderSpring fosters a powerful, equity-driven social sector by: interpersonal and collective needs. LeaderSpring helps leaders strengthen skills and relationships so they may create something ➤ Strengthening leaders and organizations, more meaningful and larger than the sum of their parts. ➤ Developing communities of leaders, and ➤ Transforming the systems in which they work. Equity: The elimination of racial, economic, and social disparities. LeaderSpring strengthens social sector leaders and organizations committed to fostering equity in their communities.PROGRAMS Leader Network ↘ Collaboration: Integrating services and leveraging resources toward a common goal. LeaderSpring fosters agency collaborations toward Fellowship Transforming transformative impact in community. Program Systems Heart and Head: An integrated, holistic approach to leadership Consulting development. LeaderSpring’s learning communities of practice blend Group rigorous standards of performance; reflective learning; trusting relationships; and personal renewal.
  5. 5. Leadership Development through Cohort Development Community isn’t always synonymous with warmth and harmony. Politeness is often a veneer for understanding, when in reality it masks uncovered territory, the unspeakable pit that we turn from because we know the pain and anger that can dwell there. It is important to remind ourselves that real community is forged out of struggle. This is the crucible from which a real community grows.--Linda Christensen 5
  6. 6. COMPETENCE Will Capacity • Purpose • Readiness • Principles • Time • Curiosity/Honoring • Resources MEANING ALIGNMENT THOUGHT ACTION Knowledge Skills • Theories • Intellectual rigor • Frameworks • Behavioral discipline • Processes (e.g., change) • Emotional intelligenceAdapted from “Success Built to Last”by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson
  7. 7. COMPETENCE:TRANSFORMING POWER AND PRIVILEGE • Knowledge: Vision for well-being – Power – Well-being • Skills: Altering arrangements – Systems thinking and analysis – Designing social change • Capacity: Resolve with personal agency – “A part of, not apart from…” – Confidence and courage • Will: To actively engage with power and love – Personal, relational and collective purpose 7
  8. 8. Power Knowledge: Vision for well-being Power WELL-BEING LIBERATION OPPRESSION Adapted from Doing Psychology Critically by Isaac Prilleltensky & Geoff Nelson
  9. 9. KNOWLEDGE: VISION FOR WELL-BEING Well-being: the balanced and simultaneous satisfaction of personal, relational and collective needs. Values, Resources, Programmes, PoliciesAdapted from Doing Psychology Critically by Isaac Prilleltensky & Geoff Nelson
  10. 10. SKILLS: ALTERING ARRANGEMENTS SYSTEMS THINKING AND ANALYSIS The system is perfectly designed to produce the results it is now producing.Adapted from john powell
  11. 11. SKILLS: ALTERING ARRANGEMENTS Studying Social Designing Social Justice Change Enhancing Well-BeingAdapted from Social Justice: Theories, issues and movements by LorettaCapeheart and Dragan Milovanovic
  12. 12. SKILLS: ALTERING ARRANGEMENTS ROLES AND QUALITIES Roles Qualities Group builder Builds a base and never walks alone Strategist A good investigator Tactician Tactically agile: masters the decision of the moment Political educator Reflective practitioner Builder of shared experience Courageous and self-sustainingAdapted from Playbook for Progressives by Eric Mann
  13. 13. CAPACITY Resolve with personal agency• Personal, political and professional “story line”• Passion and Humility• Confidence and Courage – Vulnerability 13
  14. 14. CAPACITYOwning our story can be hardbut not nearly as difficult asspending our lives running fromit. Embracing ourvulnerabilities is risky but notnearly as dangerous as givingup on love and belonging andjoy -- the experiences thatmake us the most vulnerable.Only when we are braveenough to explore the darknesswill we discover the infinitepower of our light. -- Brené Brown 14
  15. 15. WILL TO ACTIVELY ENGAGE WITH POWER AND LOVE Power • The drive of everything living to realize itself, with increasing intensity and extensity. Love • The drive towards the unity of the separated.Adapted from Love, Power and Justice: Ontological analyses and ethical applications, by Paul Tillich 15
  16. 16. WILL: PURPOSE