Lessons in Leadership

Recognizing that strong and effective domestic violence leaders are needed to carry out their organizations’ missions and that leaders hunger for opportunities network, collaborate, and build a movement to end domestic violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation created the Leadership Development Program (LDP) as part of the Strong Field Project. Since the LDP began in 2010, almost 60 diverse, leaders from middle managers to executive directors from the domestic violence field have participated in this in-depth 18-month program. Domestic violence leaders participating in the Leadership Development Program have gleaned many valuable insights into the nature of leadership in the domestic violence field and their own capabilities as leaders. The six leadership lessons summarized in this paper, extracted from individual leadership profiles of LDP participants and cross-analyses of multiple cohort interviews, are intended to inform other leaders as they consider their leadership and career pathways in the domestic violence field and their professional development needs.