Radical Leadership - Visioning Lines of Flight (Spring 2021, Print Issue)

Radical Leadership - Visioning Lines of Flight (Spring 2021, Print Issue)

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Becoming Sovereign

For edge leaders creating viable futures, it is critical to not only understand but also know how to build personal sovereignty. This involves not only the ability to protect one’s boundaries but also making transparent and crossing them. How does one do that?

by Cyndi Suarez

Vision in Leadership

“‘There’s this notion that change takes time. But in reality, a lot of change just happens in radical paradigm shifts,’ explains Cyndi Suarez, Nonprofit Quarterly’s new president and editor in chief. ‘If you don’t know that process of transformation, then you don’t know how to harness it.’”

by Danielle Coates-Connor

How to Be an Antiracist Supervisor. Start with Changing What You Call Yourself.

“What if we did the exact opposite of what being a supervisor was created to do? What if we not only abandoned the term altogether but intentionally centered the well-being of our people first?”

by Kim-Monique Johnson

Moving beyond Imposter Syndrome

“From my educational upbringing to the community I come from and a good majority of my career, navigating predominantly white spaces is not unfamiliar to me. Still, after almost three decades of wayfinding through whiteness, I too often feel the effects of imposter syndrome creep up on me.”

by Kad Smith

Backlash, Burnout, and BIPOC Leaders

“Unlike the vocal conversations about leading organizations toward racial equity, white backlash—the hostile reactions of white people to that very possibility—often goes unnamed. So does its human impact: racial burnout.”

by Mistinguette Smith

Infrastructure for a New World

“Our conversations with leaders of color in the field about what they need to create real social change has converged around a call to action for designing and building civic infrastructure that supports leaders of color. This expands the concept of infrastructure beyond support for nonprofit organizations, to support for leaders and the communities they serve.”

by Cyndi Suarez

Edge Leadership

“The premise of the Edge Leadership platform is to bring together a powerful community of primarily people of color who are innovating social change. This sprung from a demand in the society to design infrastructure that supports leaders of color.” This piece introduces Edge Leadership’s key principles.