Too often, “leadership” is seen as the domain of charismatic individuals with official titles. This approach concentrates power in the hands of a few, excluding (and losing out on) the wisdom, talent, and shared strength of our communities.
- The structural inequities that pervade our society mean that the people with formal leadership roles are often white, male, and disconnected from the struggles of working-class folks and people of color.
- When women, people of color, and other historically marginalized people do take on positions of power, they often lack the resources and support networks to effectively navigate systems that were built to thwart them.
- This individualistic view also fosters a transactional approach to leadership (you do this for me and I’ll do that for you) that doesn’t build the shared values and trust needed to withstand conflict and advance lasting change.