Table of Contents________________________________
Listening to Leaders Working with
Youth, Immigrants and Seniors 3
Organizational Leadership Needs 5
Inter-Organizational Leadership Needs 8
Civic and Community Leadership Needs 11
Scan of Community Health Leadership Development Efforts 13
Demographic Overview of Programs in Scan 13
Leadership Development Approaches 15
Leadership Programs in California 26
National Leadership Initiatives 27
A Landscape Synopsis 28
Opportunities for Strengthening Leadership Capacity 31
Attachment A: Criteria for Identifying Organizations
Attachment B: Focus Groups Participants
Attachment C: Methodology
Attachment D: List of Organizations Profiled
Attachment E: Interviews Conducted
Attachment F: Organizational Profiles
Attachment G: Charts
The California Endowment (TCE) has developed a multi-pronged leadership development strategy. One component of that strategy funds exemplary programs that represent models of boundary-crossing leadership work in the health arena.1 After making a series of grants, the TCE leadership team seeks to learn more about the health leadership needs in Senior, Immigrant, and Youth communities and whether current leadership development efforts are meeting those needs. This scan is designed to assist TCE in supporting effective leadership development that contributes to improving the health and well-being of Youth, Immigrants, and Seniors by identifying opportunities to expand current efforts and illuminating where gaps exist.
TCE contracted with the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) to conduct this scan. LLC strengthens the work of those dedicated to developing leadership that can address significant social issues, such as health and healthcare. LLC brings together a diverse group of leadership development practitioners, grantmakers and thought leaders to identify successful leadership development approaches, conduct research and evaluations of current leadership efforts, and to exchange information and tools that will strengthen leadership development practices. With over 150 leadership development programs represented in the LLC, we have a breadth of knowledge for assessing leadership support needs and identifying potential leadership development gaps.
In January of 2005, with support from TCE and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, LLC convened a group of state and national leadership development program directors with a focus on health. The purpose of this gathering was to identify the specific needs of health leaders, and potential opportunities for those providing leadership development to health professionals, advocates and activists to increase their effectiveness through an exchange of ideas, information and lessons.
The group was asked to explore the value of forming an ongoing Learning Circle of Health Practitioners. One outcome of this first gathering was a scan, produced and published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which maps the capacity of current programs to meet health leadership needs. In addition, several networks have begun conversations about how to form a national community of learning and practice focusing on health leadership. The LLC has been facilitating this process and will be initiating a California based Health Affinity Circle to provide an ongoing forum for exchange among participants in this scan.
LLC has conducted four leadership development program scans in the past two years (including the RWJF Scan of Health Leadership). Scans provide a framework for synthesizing disparate knowledge about a range of different program approaches, current capacity, potential gaps and emerging opportunities so that stakeholders have information that can help them be strategic in their own leadership efforts. Recent LLC scans synthesize knowledge about:
National health leadership development programs;
Innovative leadership development initiatives and methodologies;
The scope of leadership approaches being implemented in the Greater Washington D.C. Area; and
Efforts to diversify leadership positions in nonprofit organizations to include more individuals of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
LLC uses an approach to collecting and generating knowledge that builds community leadership capacity through the process of convening, collective reflection, and creating opportunities for on-going sharing and learning. We have consistently found that the analysis is deeper when it reflects a synergy of thought and collective analysis. This process also strengthens social capital. In an era where one of the most prevalent issues being surfaced by leaders is increasing fragmentation, narrow focus, and isolation, these convenings offer an opportunity to build relationships and promote exchange, thus addressing one of the most important leadership needs. This approach is consistent with the strategic view of TCE on the importance of crossing interpersonal, organizational, and sectoral boundaries.
LLC’s commitment to leadership development stakeholders is reflected as well in how scans are utilized and disseminated. We have a strong commitment to generate public information that is accessible to those who will be able to use the knowledge to increase the effectiveness of their work. In addition to producing a high quality product for our client, we are committed to distributing our findings to health leadership development programs, service providers, and advocacy organizations that can use this information to strengthen leadership development opportunities for health leaders.
The scan will be published on the LLC website and distributed to all focus group participants once it has been approved for dissemination by TCE. In addition, we will provide a mechanism that invites online commentary and opportunities for leadership programs to update information provided about their programs because we realize that any analysis conducted at one point in time has limitations due to the continually changing landscape.