What does effective leadership look like?
Constantly coming up against examples of bad leadership - both in Trump context, and larger strengthening of the Far Right. How do we analyze and embody leadership qualities as a way of effecting social change?
- Seeding leadership and growing leadership
- Meditating and looking at idea of reflective leadership
- Leadership as a skillset in its own right
- What does leadership actually look like when done "properly"
- New ideas based on experience
- Breaking down archetypes and power dynamics of leadership
Good leadership, and what does it look like/examples? / Bad leadership, what does it look like/examples?
- What were specific qualities of "leaders" that had a positive impact on you
- "...." negative impact, or bad impression on you
What do we need?
What are the leadership traits that we'll need on The Left in order to combat The Right?
- Part of what it means to "Left" is a suspicion of authority; could be difficult to then accept and take leadership because we're kind of allergic to it.
- Concept of *power* - is allergy to "leadership" actually an allergy to "power"? Does leadership need to be focused on one person in power?
- What *type* of leader do you want to be? Leader with integrity, or leader or power or status?
- "Global intersectional vision" - need more willingness to look elsewhere for other examples and be able to incorporate it.
- "Objective Introspection" - knowing yourself, knowing your leadership style, knowing your strengths.
Empower people to have a voice at the table, enabling all the voices to be heard - but leaders must also be able to listen themselves.
- Build people into their full potential, which is *not* always leadership - particularly challenging with coalition or widely "shared" leadership.
- Listening, hearing, acting - striking a balance between these 3.
- Disentangling leadership from consensus - perfect consensus building doesn't need to be a hallmark of good leadership, and vice versa.
"You're not special"- People who have had most impact have been the most selfless.
- So many Type A personalities in the US, but all they do is damage. Not contributing to finding a way forward.
- Facilitation -> Leadership role, steering a conversation, guiding constructive decision making. ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING *PARTICIPATION*
- What are we doing now? What is the point? Where are we headed? Okay, now that we've done this, this is our decision.
- Understand behavioral science and behavioral bias - reference to "growing a Democratic personality"
Identification of *failed* leadership - what does that look like? Need to understand what is broken in order to fix something.
- Leadership requires acceptance of risk and humility.
- Talking about power, not paranoia.
- If we start talking about detrimental aspects, need to structure conversations to lead to improvement and not just critique.