Choosing the right leaders

Nobody involved in a development initiative is permanent. Children grow, leaders rotate, teachers leave, people migrate. This can affect the sustainability of the initiative, especially when a significant part of its responsibilities depended on them.

In many cases, handovers are often accompanied by the need to create a new agenda to differentiate the new leader from their predecessors.

Some leaders are more stable than others; adults migrate less than young people, a public agency is more stable than a political party.

It is important to assess which leaders have the greatest capacity to realize the potential of the initiative and maintain it over time. Not all members of a community have the same impact on others, nor are all capable of leading the different agendas of an initiative, including those seeking to break with existing power structures in the community.

Don’t confuse this with Positioning (role), which refers to these same considerations but with respect to the role of the initiative itself, and not about the actors and leaders who it collaborates with.

Related strategies at:

♣ Choosing the right leaders

See also:

Equity measures: prioritizing disadvantaged