Resources for Being Influenced by Your World

“Leadership is the willingness to influence your world
and be influenced by your world
regardless of role or title.”
~ Carpenter Smith Consulting

When we share our definition of leadership, we’re sometimes asked if we’re suggesting that leaders should give up their power and beliefs. Our answer to that is that being influenced by others doesn’t mean you must give up your power and beliefs; it means that you’re smart and powerful enough to know that your history limits what you even know to believe.

For the next few weeks, we’re going to invite you to be influenced in your thinking about racism and the inequalities that challenge our nation. Each Thursday we’re going to share resources that we’ve found to be important and powerful perspectives that have influenced the use of our power and are reshaping many of our beliefs.

This week, we’re attaching three resources—putting them all in one place so it’s easy to access this incredible wisdom.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Black People Need Stronger White Allies – Here’s How You Can Be One

Obama Foundation: Anguish and Action

As you find resources that speak to you and influence your thinking, please share them with us as we all learn to lead ourselves, our communities, and our nation into a better tomorrow.

We’re here for you.

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