Leadership in Democracy
McCormick Launches 2021 Program Supporting Current and Emerging Leaders
Best-selling author and business consultant Peter Drucker once proclaimed “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Great managers can become great leaders — and vice versa — if opportunities to grow learning and expand experience are provided to them.
It is with this purpose that the Robert R. McCormick Foundation launched the Leadership in Democracy Program in 2020. The goal is clear: develop high-capacity civic leaders, representative of the communities they serve, who invite constituent participation and advocate for and implement inclusive policies.
By investing in senior leaders within key Foundation’s grantee organizations, prioritizing leaders of color, and connecting these leaders with executive coaching and other management training and supports, the Foundation can help leaders enhance inclusiveness and impact at their organizations and contribute to a more robust pipeline of civic leadership talent in the region.
Assisting with this year’s work includes leaders themselves: Genita Robinson, from GCR Consulting, will be designing and facilitating the leadership sessions with our cohort; the Executive Service Corps, will be pairing program participants with executive coaches; and the Management Center will be providing their 2-day “Managing to Change the World” training for all program participants.