Survey: Social Impact Needs More Leaders
In the face of complex, global challenges like climate change, food and water security, and social equity, we simply must be able to put forward the best possible teams and leaders. If you're like most social impact professionals, you're craving new leadership tools, practices and resources designed for a new economy.
In our international work with socially responsible businesses, NGOs and governments, we're beginning to see the early signs of changes to the face of leadership. It's more than a focus on innovation, or the acceptance that businesses have a role to play in solving social problems. It's a shift in mindset—in the way successful leaders think about, face, and engage with problems.
You're a leader in this movement. We're interested to learn your thoughts and opinions. This will inform a solution we're developing that's designed to equip and empower social impact professionals like you.
This simple survey includes 11 leadership questions (and 10 demographic questions at the end) which should take you no more than 10 minutes to answer. Your responses will be held anonymous and confidential. Thanks for taking the time to share your perspective with us!
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1. What best describes your role?
INTRAPRENEUR - driving your business towards making social impact and achieving its business objectives.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR - taking direct action and generating a new and sustained equilibrium.
SOCIAL ACTIVIST - influencing others to generate a new and sustained equilibrium.
SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDER - taking direct action to improve the outcomes of the current equilibrium.
CSR or SUSTAINABILITY LEADER - owning direct responsibility for developing the business system that enables the production and distribution of wealth for the betterment of stakeholders through the implementation and integration of ethical systems and sustainable management practices.
2. What's your definition of a leader?
There are so many ways that we can define a leader. If you were to explain to a colleague or friend how you aspire to lead, which of the following would you use? We challenge you to pick just 1 of these so that we can get a sense of the definition most used by social impact leaders. A leader is someone who:
Leads or commands a group, organization, or country.
Generates the capacity of a human community to shape its future.
Finds innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
Has the ability to focus people’s attention and create a sense of urgency.
Can get people to go where they wouldn’t have gone on their own.
Crafts a vision and inspires people to act collectively to make it happen, responding to whatever changes and challenges arise along the way.
3. Why do you lead? Tell us why you do what you do.
We believe that leaders who commit to impact are activated by a transformative experience of some kind. ie. your spark, your aha moment, or tipping point. What's your short story? (max. 150 words)
4. What are your top 3 areas of focus for 2016?
Where do you need help?
Learning new tools
Narrowing your focus and priorities
Defining the right target audience
Developing coalitions with key partners
Deciding which stories to share
Knowing what results to expect, and measuring them
Maximizing your return on investment
Attracting top talent
Collaborating across industries, teams and organizations
Finding more values aligned customers + vendors
Identifying where you have leverage to change the system
5. Where do you spend most of your time as a leader?
We know that social impact leaders wear many hats. In your primary role, in which of the following areas would you focus most of your time.
Lead Self: Self-motivated leaders are self-aware, manage themselves, develop themselves, and demonstrate character.
Engage Others: Engaging leaders foster development of others, contribute to the creation of healthy organizations, communicate effectively and build teams.
Achieve Results: Goal-oriented leaders set direction, take action to implement decisions, assess, evaluate and strategically align decisions with vision, values and evidence.
Develop Coalitions: Collaborative leaders purposefully build partnerships and networks to create results, demonstrate a commitment to customers & service, mobilize knowledge and navigate socio-political environments.
Systems Transformation: Successful leaders demonstrate systems/critical thinking, encourage and support innovation, orient themselves strategically to the future, champion and orchestrate change.
6. Which of the following is most important for you in a leader?
Leaders take many forms. This is your chance to reflect on what you value most in a leader. Please rank the following program areas in order of importance; (1 = most important, 5 = least important)
1 (most important)
5 (least important)
1 (most important)
5 (least important)
7. Who do you admire as a leader in the social impact space?
You can choose a person, organization, or both. We use SOCIAL IMPACT to define the individuals, teams and organizations that are undertaking to build products and services that are contributing to a more sustainable future. This includes Social Entrepreneurs, Social Innovators, Intrapreneurs leading CSR efforts, and all those who contribute.
8. Why do you admire them as a leader?
(In less than 50 words)
9. What do you find most challenging as a leader?
Please choose 2-3 of the top areas where you get stuck.
Leading Self: Self-motivated leaders are self-aware, manage themselves, develop themselves, and demonstrate character.
Engaging Others: Engaging leaders foster development of others, contribute to the creation of healthy organizations, communicate effectively and build teams.
Achieving Results: Goal-oriented leaders set direction, take action to implement decisions, assess, evaluate and strategically align decisions with vision, values and evidence.
Developing Coalitions: Collaborative leaders purposefully build partnerships and networks to create results, demonstrate a commitment to customers & service, mobilize knowledge and navigate socio-political environments.
Transforming Systems: Successful leaders demonstrate systems/critical thinking, encourage and support innovation, orient themselves strategically to the future, champion and orchestrate change.
10. Which format are you most likely to complete?
We recognize that social impact leaders are busy addressing urgent challenges. Which of the following formats are you most likely to complete and be at your best.
Self Directed eLearning
11. Why do you prefer this format? (max 50 words)
Is there anything else that you would like us to know?
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