— Arthur Ashe
In this module we will challenge you to stretch the concept of leadership way beyond the field. We need more leaders- all types of leaders- vocal leaders, servant leaders, those who lead by doing, and changemakers who lead movements. And, as a coach, you’re in a perfect position to support your players on this journey.
Activism is one of the most optimistic things that we can do- activists believe in and can articulate a vision for a better future. But this work also requires courage- we are standing against someone’s status quo. We need to be clear in our vision in order to inspire others to join.
As an anti-racist coach, you can build on the foundations of empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity that is built through inclusive coaching, and create a shared vision with your team. Actions in your community are the change you want to see in the world.
Anyone can be a leader; to lead effectively, we each should develop a style that stays true to who we are
We must find courage to speak up and speak out in order to influence others
Activism requires communicating a vision for a better future and inspiring others to join
In her Social Change Ecosystem Framework, Deepa Iyer outlines ten roles that people play in pursuit of social justice and equity. From frontline responders, to builders, to visionaries, and more, she supports reader to reflect on their own role in the ecosystem.
Through a series of guiding questions coaches will reflect on their experiences in different roles and how those came to be. Some examples are: