The Alliance of Leadership Fellows (“ALF”) will promote equitable, sustainable human flourishing through world class programs that promote leadership development and collaboration within relevant domains of practice. ALF will engage both institutional and individual members committed to this broad vision. ALF will help organizations and individuals build knowledge and skills while promoting relationship-building, teamwork and collaborative action. To this end, ALF will develop a “team of teams” approach in which individual graduates of effective leadership development programs (“Leadership Fellows”), along with their sponsoring organizations, share in ALF’s resource development, governance and program design. Informed by the interests and capacities of its institutional and individual members, ALF’s leadership development programs will advance the most promising approaches and evidence-based practices designed to increase knowledge and skills that lead to equitable and sustainable flourishing within human communities.
ALF will help individual leaders working for equitable and sustainable human flourishing to become more effective individually and in collaboration with one another. To this end, ALF’s mission will be to:
- Define, maintain and promote ethical standards for collaborative leadership. Ethical principles grounded in benevolence, empathy, integrity and nonviolence will inform these standards.
- Identify and organize specific leadership communities of practice that support team learning and collaboration within domains most important to human flourishing.
- Provide leadership development programs that enhance the knowledge, skills and collaborative efficacy of leaders within these communities of practice.
- Provide leadership development programs that enhance collaboration both within and across (interdisciplinary) communities of practice to address the most difficult substantive challenges that leaders currently face.
- Provide opportunities for fellowship that strengthen relationships across differences, including perceived differences in nationality, culture, religion, race, gender identity/orientation and ideology, especially where such differences may inhibit effective collaborations that promote equitable and sustainable human flourishing.
- Provide opportunities for mentorship and coaching in support of the above activities.
Examples of initial communities of practice include working groups focused on environment, food systems, education, healthcare, housing, economic development, racial equity, and civil society development.