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Volume 3, Issue 12

Creating Cultures of Leadership

Drew Dudley, leadership educator and keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, says that many advancement practitioners aren't completely comfortable calling themselves leaders. He wants to remedy that anxiety.

Dudley, founder of Nuance Leadership Development Services, says that advancement offices can cultivate leadership.

"The world tells us that power and money are indicators of strength and leadership," he says. "So, for those who work in fundraising, it can be hard to feel like a leader when you're cultivating a gift from, for example, a CEO who made a $24 million bonus last year."

Dudley, who started his career as an alumni development officer at the University of Toronto Scarborough, says this view of leadership is shortsighted. He says that not only should leadership not be limited to those with more money, it should also not be limited to those with senior or management-related titles.

"That's only one form of leadership," he says. "We cannot keep limiting [organizational] leadership to those with a few titles. By that token, very few of us are valuable. We can't live that way. And that just makes no sense to me."

Dudley honed his philosophy as coordinator of the leadership development program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Now, as a leadership consultant, some of his clients have included major companies such as McDonald's, Proctor & Gamble and JP Morgan Chase. He has also worked with more than 75 colleges and universities—including some two-year colleges in Canada.

To learn more about Dudley's leadership philosophy, explore his personal website.

This article is from the June 2014 issue of the Community College Advancement News.

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