Transforming Our Leaders, Transforming Our Cities
LAANE believes in developing people’s skills and leadership – whether the person is on our staff or a community member – because we believe that it takes strong and resilient people to advance a bold progressive agenda and build a more powerful social justice movement.
Our leadership development work is grounded in the belief that we all have the capacity to be leaders in our communities and in our organizations. To that end, we work to create a culture of leadership and transformation. We do this by combining thoughtful learning and reflection with concrete systems and practices that help us be better communicators, smarter planners, and authentic partners who can embrace other points of view and work through differences and conflict.
We engage in leadership development at multiple levels – on our teams, in our supervisory relationships, through strategic training and facilitation, and through coaching and coach training. In the communities where we organize and build powerful coalitions, leadership development is ongoing and organic. We make it a priority to promote capacity building for individuals who are finding their own voice and leading change in their communities and workplaces, such as Long Beach Rising. We also provide opportunities for people to learn valuable coaching skills in English and Spanish.
LAANE’s commitment to creating real opportunities for leadership and transformation is evident in our decision to invest in an in-house professional certified coach and trainer to do this critical work with us. We take pride in our leaders – who are openhearted and broadminded, and successful in building powerful coalitions and winning policies that create good jobs and healthier communities. Our shared values of justice, equity, courage and compassion drive our work and sustain and energize us. LAANE is conscientious in promoting healthy work habits that enable us to “keep on trucking” and genuinely enjoy our work. We are a more effective and sustainable organization as a result.
Interested in learning more? Contact Nancy Smyth, Leadership Development Director.