Leadership: actions speak louder than words

Understanding culture is not always easy or obvious. However, the manner in which leaders act is a fairly reliable indicator of culture.

For instance, communities with an “ecology* of leadership” that is sustainable, vibrant and balanced tend to know and understand that the real power of leadership lies in a very interconnected network of leaders who look like the community they lead and know that their effectiveness comes from connecting to other leaders who share their vision, passion and commitment to making change.

*Ecology is defined as a dynamic system of interdependent relationships where there is no one point of power or control [in the ecosystem] and leaders understand that their work impacts multiple levels of community.


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