Leading Others

Whether managing an internal team, leading an external project, or building a collaborative movement, self-awareness and confidence are paramount for motivating individuals and teams towards greater impact. Building off of the foundational skills in Section One, this section of the Playbook will help you develop collaborative approaches to problem solving and hone your skills as a leader of individuals and teams.

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Develop the capacity of others

Prioritize professional development

Smart leaders are aware of their shortfalls so they are able to continue learning what they don’t know. Learning should be viewed as a constant process throughout your professional life and should be encouraged at all levels of an organization. Make sure to never stop reflecting on areas of growth and seeking opportunities for professional development.

Seek out and share learning opportunities with your team. Visit sites like or MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) like Coursera or Udacity where you can take university courses online for free.


Use your skills outside the office

Pursue and encourage others to pursue volunteer leadership opportunities or board service that can help build the capacity of nonprofits and hone your own leadership skills.

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