Developing A New Generation of Social Sector Leadership
Those of us who work in the Social Sector are busy on a daily basis helping to ensure that the organizations we represent meet current needs.
While there is much work done in the form of forward and strategic planning, a sector-wide vision for leadership and succession that guides the selection and cultivation of a new generation is what is needed to propel the sector into the future; the demands of the current and emergent landscape in which we operate require it.
How Do We Get There
What we need is a planful and strategic engagement with millennials to collectively address the sector's longitudinal needs and skills of its workforce; enabling it to be a catalytic force for change:
- Adept critical thinkers
- Cross-culturally competency
- Entrepreneurial orientation and acumen
- Transformative communications
- Cross-ideological collaboration
- Seamless integration of technology (programming and communications)
- Transparency as a guiding principle
It is therefore incumbent upon the sector's current leadership to create structures, forums and pathways to develop, empower and harness these skills so that millennials can help us to transform the sector.
The Foundation Center-Cleveland
As a parallel to the Foundation Center's national vision for outreach with millennials, the Cleveland Office views such engagement as a component of its strategic vision. Toward that end, we are working on the following:
- Recruiting young professional(s) from the sector to serve on the Center's Advisory Board.
- The Foundation Center-Cleveland Director serves on the Young Professionals Network-ynpn.org/cleveland.
Cultivating and advocating for a community of connected, engaged, and passioante emerging nonprofit leaders
- Having Jacob Sinatra (Program Associate at Cuyahoga Arts & Culture/YNPN Outreach and Membership Committee Chair) serve as a regular contributor to our blog. In doing so he will provide a millenial perspective to our discussions; helping to inform our constituents, foster the dialog around the development and advancement of young leaders, and
create new knowledge that will help guide our work in this area.
- Ensuring the integration of emergent leaders' perspectives into the work and programming of the Foundation Center-Cleveland.
As always… knowledge, innovation, impact!
John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D.