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• There is a greater need for effective systems leaders as investments in the social sector become more complex. In this post, the authors compile a list of characteristics of a thoughtful leader.
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Investments in the social sector have become increasingly complex, with many foundations shifting toward strategies focused on improving outcomes for entire populations and communities. These systemic change efforts require coordination among stakeholders across all levels of the practice and policy continuum — from direct service providers to nonprofit intermediaries, funders, advocacy organizations, and policymakers.
It is in this context that The James Irvine Foundation’s Linked Learning Regional Hubs of Excellence investment serves as a systems change experiment, offering insights and critical lessons that can inform others undertaking similar work. In this first post of a three-part series based on our recent Issue Brief, we share themes from this project about what it takes to be an effective systems leader:
- Thinking Systemically
- Having an open mindset
- Pressing for an unwavering attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Building relationships and trust
- Practicing effective communication
Read the full list of characteristics about effective leaders by Kimberly Edmunds and Mike Matsunaga at Medium.
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