What is Leadership?
The Community Leaders Fellowship (CLF) believes that a leader is someone who speaks and acts with authenticity, in a way that invites relationship with others.
Today we live in a world broken by economic inequality, poverty, racism, resource shortages and much more. We’re living in an earth imperiled by climate change and heart-wrenching loss of biodiversity. How can individuals possibly address these issues, as well as the underlying social and cultural problems of isolation, disconnection, and paralysis? It’s a daunting task.
While there are many paths out of this morass, it’s clear that we all need to be on a path, not just “experts” or authorities.
The CLF believes that everyone has something to contribute, and every contribution is essential. When we draw from everyone’s contributions, we create a “leader-full” movement for justice, as opposed to one that is “leaderless.”
The program helps Fellows move out of their comfort zones in order to realize their dreams–dreams that may seem impossible within the confines of the current system. Through cultivation of essential leadership skills such as reflection, critical thinking, and courage, Fellows are inspired to dream bigger than the dominant story allows, constructing a story that is equitable and just for themselves and for others.
True leaders must be able to respond to changing and emerging times, while staying rooted in an authentic understanding of themselves and the world. Deeper than even this, Fellows gain a sense of solidarity with the people and the earth around them, grounding them in love, compassion, and service.
The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, class, education, and sexual orientation–and so they are able to teach each other much about the world. By meeting each other and working together, each person becomes aware of horizons beyond their own. In addition, the CLF exposes the Fellows to thought-leaders in the movement for a “new economy.”
Leadership development also happens through hands-on experience and practical career planning. As part of their professional development and ongoing coaching, each Fellow develops a career plan that is informed by a holistic assessment of their “patterns” and gifts. Fellows also gain hands-on experience in their community project (such as the Boston Food Forest or JP Time Exchange), and are immersed in a network of change-makers and thought-leaders both during their Fellowship and beyond. Through the alumni network, Fellows maintain contact with this vibrant group of activists and organizers.
How the Fellowship Works
Each Fellow completes 8 hours per week on their assigned project with supervision from their Project Supervisor. Fellows have access to desk space and Internet at the JP NET office. They coordinate their office hours with their Project Supervisors. Fellows are also asked to contribute 10 hours to JP NET events throughout the course of the Fellowship.
In exchange, Fellows meet with Carlos for one three-hour Professional Development Session, one group Coaching Session, and a final one-hour personal Coaching Session. Fellows also participate in the CLF Curriculum, which includes the Orientation Session, monthly Fellowship Support Sessions, the Race and Health Training at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, and a mid-point Retreat.
How to Apply
Click here: http://jptransition.org/clf.