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LLC Board Feature: Grady McGonagill


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When invited as a new board member to contribute to the LLC newsletter, I decided to describe how I came to that role, because I think it reveals something important about the kind of organization LLC is and the contribution it is making. I am an independent consultant, specializing in leadership development. Toward the end of last year I was invited by Europe’s largest foundation (the Bertelsmann Foundation) to do a study of leadership development best practices in the U.S.  When gearing up to do the study, I asked colleagues for nominations about programs they thought might be candidates. One of my colleagues suggested Claire Reinelt (who, like me, lives in the Boston area) as someone to speak to on this topic because she was very knowledgeable.  When I spoke to Claire I realized that I already knew something about LLC through studies I had read published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, which cited some work by LLC that had impressed me. I was even more impressed when Claire generously shared with me a number of the “scans” of leadership and leadership development she and Deborah Meehan had conducted.  read more »

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