Monthly Archives: July 2007

Building Leadership: Recruiting Chairs

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. Ralph Nader

When we talk about building a movement for peace and justice, a large part of what we need to be talking about is building up the people who will lead the movement.

This is an area where I have a lot of growth to do.

So, I’m working to recruit more chairs and leaders in the committees I’m working on. A chair doesn’t have to do all the work, nor does the chair need to set all the plans. But the chair does need to ensure that all the work gets done and all the plans are made.

In the ICPJ Wiki  I’ve posted some information about what it takes to be a good committee chair.

Of course, it’s easy to write about it–the work ahead is to

  • Recruit people to be chairs
  • Train them so they rock as chairs
  • Support them in their work.

It’s never as easy as writing a wiki entry or a blog post.

Strategy: Knowing where you’re going and how you’ll get there

Why should you read Finding Strategy: A Survey of Contemporary Contributions to Progressive Strategy?

Because if progressive voices are going to win, we need to have a plan! In Finding Strategy, Wolfgang Brauner and Charles Knight examine different strategies that progressives have used. They don’t evaluate them, they just describe them. It’s a useful way to consider the different perspectives on how we can change the world.

(Thank you Gilbert Report for the link)