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Leadership Insights: Thriving Amid Challenges In Social Impact


In today’s ever-evolving corporate social impact landscape, we’re navigating a whirlwind of changes: organizational restructures, individual contributors becoming managers, the rise of cancel culture, and heightened demands for broader initiatives despite stagnant headcount and budgets. While these challenges have placed unique and intense pressures on social impact leaders, we’ve also witnessed a surge of innovation in partnerships and campaigns over the last year.

In today’s episode, EFG’s Alli Murphy is joined by Kelli Thompson, a leadership coach, speaker, and author of “Closing The Confidence Gap,” to discuss strategies for tackling these challenges head-on as we head into the New Year.

In today’s episode, we’ll explore:

  • How to level up your leadership and transform your role from doer to leader by using the L.E.S.S. framework
  • How to clearly communicate expectations to others and your team
  • Leadership strategies after restructuring, particularly in scenarios where leaders are unfamiliar with their new team’s work or are stepping into management for the first time
  • Effective coaching methods and recommended questions to guide your team to success
  • The role of values in confident leadership, effective delegation, and building a thriving career
  • Strategies for navigating increased workload with constrained resources
  • Approaches for handling disagreements and fostering collaboration through “calling in” rather than “calling out”

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