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LEADERVATION 
Championing Equity & Racial Justice with a Novel Approach
BY: JACQUELINE COLEMAN · NMAC ·OCTOBER 18, 2016
First things first.  On behalf of Leadership Pipeline's team Thank You for a great and inspiring USCA 2016.   We encounter leaders every day in our lives. The conference was certainly no exception.  At every turn, one could observe authentic leadership in action at full throttle.  As many of you, I returned from Florida with a surge of motivation and a newfound sense of leadership particularly.  This newsletter focuses on one facet of what I learned.

I firmly believe every individual has the capacity to be a leader. 
Leadervation addresses the heart of what it takes to be a leader; that is, the ability to use innovative strategies to lead effectively.  I define Leadervation as:
   
"The dynamism between leadership and innovation wherein the champion(s) commits to presence, intentionality, and transformation for and in partnership with others."

The definition of Leadervation goes hand in hand with what it means to be a compassionate leader. A compassionate leader does more than incorporate compassion when delegating tasks. Compassionate leadership encompasses the art of understanding and applying compassion while serving as a leader, and how compassion for others strengthens one’s ability to lead. This shift from what “I want” to what “we want” is the key to being a compassionate leader.
 
Here we introduce CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner – a noted phenom who self-promotes compassionate leadership. As the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company with over 400 million registered users, Jeff Weiner speaks of leadership as inspiring one to do something, whereas management reflects telling one to do something. By modeling and fully in corporating, compassionate leadership, he has been able to grow LinkedIn to one of the most successful and largest professional networking websites in the world. He deems being a compassionate leader as one of the most important lessons in his career thus far.  His success at LinkedIn is driven by these six core values:
 

Are you a person of color living with HIV, and want to make a difference?
Do you want to end HIV-related stigma and to advocate for better services?


For more information and to submit an Application
visit www.blochiv.org by November 1st

RACE Equity Trainings
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
October 25 & 26, 2016
Host:  Louisiana Department of Health
Monroe, Louisiana & Alexandria, Louisiana
November 15 &17, 2016 

Host:  Louisiana Department of Health

 
TxBWI Summit
San Antonio, Texas
December 12, 2016
Host:  Texas Department of State Health Services


 
2016 Youth Initiative

December 1, 2016
World AIDS Day Campaign
Host:  NMAC’s Leadership Pipeline

Next month the open enrollment period begins for the ACA. If our communities are ever going to close the health disparities, accessing insurance, and health care is going to be a critical piece of that work. If you are without insurance or your current coverage doesn’t meet your needs; please follow us over the coming months as we share tools and resources to help facilitate communities of color understanding what plans would be best for their health needs. We want to help ensure that you have the information you need to make the best decision for you.

Our Members Come First
A company is only as valuable as the value the company creates for their members. By putting members first, not only are you creating an open and welcoming environment, you are creating more of an opportunity for growth.
 
Relationships Matter
There needs to be trust and respect between the employer and employee (especially given that LinkedIn is a social platform). Nowadays, more and more people can connect easily via social networks, and since relationships are bountiful, the need for each relationship to be respected and trusted is vital. Without that, it becomes difficult to lead and inspire individuals to follow your mission.
 
Be Open, Honest and Constructive
Be open to what is on one’s mind—encourage others to do the same.  Encourage others in a constructive way that lifts the dialogue, and lifts people up rather than tearing them down. This builds relationships further.

Demand Excellence
Lead by example, seek to solve big challenges, set measurable and actionable goals, and continuously learn, iterate and improve.

Take Intelligent Risks
Take risks that are intelligent and support the mission. It is important not to forget where you started, and what the overall goal is. That is not to say every move needs to be calculated—just well thought out.
 
Act Like an Owner
Talent is important, as well as ownership. In every decision that is made, the decision-maker should take ownership of it and stand by it, no matter how big or small.
 
I challenge you to try to embody leadervation for one hour, one day,  one week and see how things change around and within you.

P.S.  A special shout out to the 2016 Youth Scholars for your belief in the
impossible and your drive to expand the leadership equation. Thank you.

 

Yours in the Struggle, 

Jacqueline Coleman, M.Ed, MSM
Director, Leadership Pipeline   

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