11 Qualities of Effective Leaders

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Leadership. So often spoken about, so rarely exemplified. This is especially true regarding effective Black sociopolitical leadership.

The jury of Black historical experience has deliberated for decades, and the verdict is in: Both our local communities and larger national landscape are witnessing a void in effective leadership. This doesn’t imply that we have NO competent or sincere individuals pushing agendas, advocating for people, challenging injustice or implementing solutions to our problems. Any brother or sister living in any U.S. city can produce a list of such people with respect to their own  locality.

And yet, we cannot allow idealism or a tendency toward  brown sugar-coating to obscure the sobering reality: all across this country, the masses of Black folk emphatically decry an absence of effective leadership on their behalf. Even if no one verbalizes this sentiment, it is self-evident. In virtually every indicator of human empowerment (educational attainment, gainful employment, job…

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