Measuring A Leader

EPIP encourages its members to develop a particular set of skills and values necessary to be effective leaders in building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. We promote diverse perspectives and value innovation for meeting societal challenges.

EPIP members are self aware and empathic to others, understanding that their personal histories influence their worldview. They are also committed to being effective professionals.

Together with human resource professionals, EPIP created the following list of skills vital to EPIP member leadership development. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #EPIPLeaders. Read past blog posts and discover more resources here.

Strategic & Analytical Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • anticipating future needs and trends
  • creating competitive strategies and plans
  • thinking broadly when analyzing an issue or presented with a challenge

Which can be demonstrated by…

  • writing on future trends in philanthropy or issues of interest
  • sharing examples of strategic plans they have created at work or in their volunteerism
  • highlighting a list of publications they regularly read on issues impacting the field

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Leadership & Management Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • directing individuals or groups to accomplish desired results
  • delegating appropriately, allocating resources as needed
  • emulating exemplary individual behavior and ethics
  • coaching others when appropriate

Which can be demonstrated by…

  • highlighting management experiences from their current job
  • seeking opportunities to lead teams in volunteer settings
  • mentoring work colleagues or community members, such as students

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Communication Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • communicating ideas and concepts clearly, persuasively, and dynamically
  • expressing ideas clearly through both verbal and written means

Which can be demonstrated by…

  • writing blog posts or opinion pieces
  • presenting at work or in their local communities

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Decision-Making Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • making timely and well-considered decisions
  • considering the input of others when making decisions
  • taking a systematic approach when making decisions

Which can be demonstrated by…

  • seeking leadership opportunities through work or volunteerism that requires regular analysis and decision-making

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Innovation & Problem Solving Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • thinking unconventionally while inspiring others to as well
  • soliciting diverse perspectives to aid problem solving
  • analyzing problems, creating solutions and solving problems quickly
  • integrating new technology and data analysis into problem solving

Which can be demonstrated by…

  • proposing new ideas to problems in their workplace or community organizations
  • building diverse teams when creating solutions
  • using new media to connect with partners for problem solving

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Social Justice & Racial Analysis Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • embracing diversity based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age
  • understanding the historical origins of long-standing structural problems
  • ensuring equitable and just outcomes for all people

Which can be demonstrated by…

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Influencing & Fundraising Skills

EPIP members should work towards…

  • inspiring and influencing others
  • influencing funding partners to join collaborative projects
  • raising resources for community organizations they support

Which can be demonstrated by…

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