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Leadership programs can help solve racial inequalities in access to education, healthcare, income and wealth. But according to the report, many current approaches to leadership development actually maintain and promote racial inequalities. This is the first report to analyze the link between major philanthropy investments in the racial equity and leadership development fields. The report, How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice, suggests that a large number of leadership programs associate leadership with equal opportunity and individualism. This thinking does not recognize that current systems (i.e. policy, culture and institutional practices) can cause racial identity to limit one’s access to life opportunities. It also focuses too narrowly on changing the behavior of individual leaders. Instead, leadership programs should: 1) make their programs more accessible for people of color; 2) help participants understand how race limits access to opportunities – in other words, the impact of structural racism; and 3) promote collective leadership. This approach will help participants work together to tackle the systems that maintain racial inequalities.

Authors: Think.Do.Repeat.; Maggie Potapchuk, Terry Keleher, Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), Ph.D., MP Associates; Professor john a. powell, Leadership Learning Community (LLC); Elissa Perry, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University; and Hanh Cao Yu, Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD); Deborah Meehan, Applied Research Center (ARC); Sally Leiderman

Subjects: race, leadership

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