The purpose of the first two parts of this Capacity Guide was to identify the key ideas that emerged from the first conversation of Country Conveners. All the women who participated in Conversations, plus readers and partners, will see that their input has been heard, and all will realize that these women – and thousands more like them – are part of a global energy field created by women who are stepping up to lead.
Women around the world know that if we have a chance to get ahead, we often have to work twice as hard, and endure layers of discrimination and attacks on our rights, our bodies and our liberty, to achieve results. Too often women must take on hierarchical and traditional leadership models to vie for power, even while most women – and many men – know there are other ways to lead.
In this final part of the Capacity Guide, we offer Tools and Processes for this other type of leadership. These tools and processes are intended to demonstrate a feminine leadership model that connects, relates, collaborates, heals and celebrates, as it provides for deeper conversations and continues to move real work forward in measureable ways. These tools and approaches can be used by groups to further their work on any issue – specifically here on behalf of women and children for social and economic equity, access to medical care and education, engagement and empowerment, sustainable income and meaningful roles in community.
“It is commonly said that when you train a woman, you have trained the nation, hence it is essential for institutions to pay particular attention to women and girls ”
– Betty Kagoro,
Uganda Country Convener
“Women play an active role in nurturing, providing, educating, leading, managing and supporting interventions at different levels in society,” says Betty Kagaro, Country Convener in Uganda. “But without building their capacity to identify their strengths, abilities and competencies we won’t achieve much. Ensuring that women develop their leadership potential at all levels is a preserve of all those who believe in the potential of women to create social justice in their communities. The primary responsibility lies with all of us.”
Women in nine Conversations and eight different cultures shared strategies, tools, and processes by which they nurture trust, increase their leadership skills and expand their influence. The women also indicated what they most want to learn and know in order to fully reach their own potential as leaders, and to encourage the potential of those they work with. These strategies and tools are ways to create power! These tools fall into three major categories of leadership skills, which will be described here in ways that readers may use them to enhance your own capacity as a leader. They are:
- Group Process
- Task or Practical Management