“Both as a natural byproduct of perceptions of broken leadership that has resulted in the current crises and in the need to find new leadership to resolve crises (...) How do you define leadership that is cutting edge and what program models hold promise?” 

Contributors: 

Dave Suss - KFLA Board Member, Tom Gallagher (KNFP-10) - Director, Ford Institute for Community Building, Betty Overton (KNFP-09) - V.P. for Academic Affairs, Spring Arbor Univ., Kevin Fong (KNFP-14) - Founder, Elemental Partners

Introduction

The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance conducted a targeted leadership scan among its members to ascertain information about the challenges and mandates of future leadership programs and innovative promising leadership practices. Equally important was identifying the competencies that leaders must demonstrate to effectively lead across boundaries, addressing issues like achieving racial equity, civic engagement and community change.

Through this process, we asked Fellows four questions concerning cutting edge leadership, key competencies of leaders working in the racial equity and civic engagement arenas, the efficacy of current leadership programs and identifying cutting edge allies.

Defining Cutting Edge Leadership

Both as a natural byproduct of perceptions of broken leadership that has resulted in the current crises and in the need to find new leadership to resolve crises, the world is placing greater value in identifying and cultivating leadership that is fresh and innovative. How do you define leadership that is cutting edge and what program models hold promise?