Are you interested in being a leader in the human rights movement for sex workers but feel you lack the skills? Some of the skills that are necessary to lead a social justice movement come naturally but developing those skills takes practice and it helps to be a part of an organization that actively seeks to promote and encourage leadership!
Or maybe you are already a leader and want to share your knowledge with others! The time and the place is now! Over the next two years, SWOP Orlando is going to be organizing leadership opportunities that will take place across the United States and giving activists the skills and tools they need to be more effective in their efforts. You can be a part of this exciting opportunity if you are new to activism or if you’ve been doing it for a long time. this is a collaborative effort – all that is required is that you are committed to advocating for the full decriminalization of sex work in the USA, be willing to travel in the US for short periods of time and are willing to work with a diverse group of people with an equally diverse set of skills.
- Inspire and Motivate
Great leaders create a vision of the future that is vivid and compelling, and that motivates other people to want to achieve it. Everyone wants to work to make a difference in the world. As a leader, you are best able to help the members of your team connect what they do to the impact it has on communities.
- Displays high integrity and honesty
Great leaders are honest and transparent, and have high integrity–they do what they say they are going to do, and they walk their talk. People are entitled to get answers to every question they have. … That doesn’t mean they’re going to like the answers. But it’s going to be truthful, and I know they can deal with the truth. This might create additional questions, but we’ll get through them. And we do.
- Solves problems and analyzes issues
Ultimately, leaders are recruited, trained, and chosen to solve organizational problems, and to take advantage of opportunities in the constantly changing face of community understanding and legislation that affects us – individually and as a community. This requires not only excellent analytical abilities, but also above-average people skills.
- Drives for results
Some people are happy to sit back and watch the world go by, while others aren’t unless they are making things happen in their organizations. Great leaders have a higher level of perseverance, stick-to-itiveness, and drive than most anyone else, and they can be counted on to get things done.
- Communicates powerfully and prolifically
Great leaders communicate with their people often, and in a variety of different ways. Whether it’s by means of one-on-one conversations, team meetings, blog posts, email messages, phone or Skype calls, or any other such medium, leaders don’t talk about communicating–they just do it.
- Builds relationships
Business is built on a solid foundation of relationships and trust. Without these two things, you can’t lead – certainly not successfully. Take time every day to build relationships with the members of your team, your mentors and your mentees, others who share your passion for change, and your community. The stronger your relationships, the better a leader you will be.
- Displays technical or professional expertise
Most leaders start out in business with a specific skill, such as consulting, or communicating, or team building. The best leaders build on their technical and professional skills over time, becoming valuable experts in their field and skilled at leading their team.
- Displays a strategic perspective
Great leaders have a long-term vision of the future, and they avoid getting bogged down in the here and now. While they can be tactical when necessary, they maintain the strategic outlook necessary to guide their movement to the best future possible.
- Develops others
Just as they work to continuously develop and build their own technical and professional expertise, the best leaders set aside time (and money in their budgets) to develop their work force. They look for the most promising and potential leaders, and provide them with the training they need to become their movements next generation of great leaders.
Innovation is the main lever to create a more sustainable community.” The ability to innovate is a key skill for every great leader. Look for ways to be innovative in your leadership, your mentoring and the way you share information and strategies.
Bonus: Champions change
It’s no secret that the human right environment for most communities is changing faster than ever before, which requires people and the organizations they work for to change right along with it. Great leaders see the changes coming on the horizon, and they constantly push their organizations to be in the right place when those changes happen.