Revisiting the Core Skills of Community Leadership

Revisiting the Core Skills of Community Leadership

There is a lot successful and motivated managers can gain from looking at community leadership skills.  It is not perfectly accurate to say that “leadership is leadership” in all situations but the parallels are clear when it comes to leading community endeavors.

“Here’s an example: the core skills of community leadership, which I wrote about in April 2010. I still believe that leaders who want to be effective in civic work have to master a set of skills, and the five I listed – empathy, facilitation, strategy

And that brought me back around to looking at those five core skill sets. Here’s briefly how I described them two years ago:

  • Empathy: These are the skills that allow leaders to understand others and work with them, “particularly those with whom you have the least in common.”
  • Facilitation:  These are the skills that “help bring groups together to agree on common goals and strategies.  Think of this as putting empathy to work.”

Leadership develop certainly fits the thought of “journey not destination.” Experience working with many top leaders suggest they never stop growing and developing the art and science of leadership.


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