Leadership LINK is intended to support you on your journey to becoming the leader you aim to be. The site has nine leadership “destinations” that offer resources that help you hone your leadership skills to meet leadership challenges at each step of your journey.
The leadership journey begins with “Who am I as a leader?” which offers tools and approaches to get to know yourself and your leadership style. From there, you can explore how to improve your knowledge and skills in increasingly complex leadership contexts by visiting the “leadership destinations” in which you currently find yourself. You can start at the level at which you would like to improve your leadership knowledge and skills, from “Leading Without Authority” to “Leading in Crisis.” The destinations include the following:
Each leadership destination provides relevant approaches and perspectives, describes the skills and attributes that make a leader effective in that context, and offers tools and other resources, including articles, books, podcasts, and videos sourced from YouTube with YouTube summaries.
The site also has a forum feature that facilitates peer-to-peer conversations and group discussions on different leadership topics.
About Policy LINK
This site is an initiative of Policy LINK, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project that strengthens the leadership capacity of public, private, and civil society actors and fosters collective action among them to transform policy systems. Building on the successes of nearly a decade of Africa Lead programming, Policy LINK does this through a range of core services, including:
Transformative leadership training. Policy LINK offers a variety of leadership training programs to develop the “soft skills” of public, private, and civil society actors, including a five-day Champions for Change course and a six-month executive leadership program, as well as bespoke options.
Participatory stakeholder and network mapping to improve decision-making and resource allocation. Policy LINK uses a variety of participatory mapping techniques, both for systems and stakeholder mapping, to catalyze, scale, and sustain organizational and institutional change.
Facilitation of a common vision and actions from all parties for a mutually beneficial solution. Policy LINK uses a facilitative leadership approach and a set of resources to catalyze and strengthen multi-stakeholder coordination and inclusive dialogue among actors at all levels.
Joint work planning at local and community levels. Policy LINK offers participatory tools and approaches to strengthening local systems to increase community and private sector participation in policy discussions, improve collaboration and communication, enhance the coherence of policy implementation, and ensure donors’ work aligns with and advances national, regional, and other partnership goals.
USAID implementing partner coordination. Where implementing partners are working in isolation, Policy LINK can apply USAID’s collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) methodology and get them to work together more efficiently and effectively.
Platforms for knowledge sharing and learning. Through peer-to-peer networks, virtual and in-person dialogue, and online learning and collaboration tools, Policy LINK facilitates global learning and knowledge management for policy.