If you would like more information about partnering with Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, as a family foundation and/or individual philanthropist, please feel encouraged to view the downloadable pamphlet we created specifically for foundations and philanthropists searching for grassroots answers to social needs. Additionally, SStS’s “one-pager” offers a quick look at our organization and current projects.
WHY ETHICAL LEADERSHIP
We are the only international organization on the planet, which we know of, that has created a vision and programming to inspire and support generations of ethical leaders. Ethical leadership, in our view, is the most fundamental resource necessary to address our world’s most pressing societal and environmental needs in the long term. In an article from the Harvard Business Review, Gianpiero Petriglieri comments on the calling for ethical leadership and its nature.
“Our world looks in vain for strong leadership,” lamented the commentary for a new report by the World Economic Forum about the global outlook for 2015. The Geneva-based foundation, best known for its gatherings of world leaders, surveyed 1,767 experts about the major trends likely to keep troubling us in the year ahead. Despite hailing from fields, sectors, countries, and generations often at odds—or even in conflict—with each other, respondents put their differences aside when it came to assessing leaders. 86% agreed that the world faces a “leadership crisis.” There is no shortage of leadership at all. There are plenty of strong leaders. Eagerly and effectively pursuing the goals they are selected and rewarded to pursue—in the ways they are trained and expected to. Those goals are simply not aligned with the changes most of us wish to see, and their pursuit benefits only narrow circles on whose approval those leaders depend. The WEF report suggests that much, and conforming to a well-worn convention, calls for a new breed of leaders, leaders with skills better suited to our age: a global perspective combined with the ability to collaborate across sectors, communicate, plan for the long term and keep the public interest in mind. One could not possibly disagree. There is no shortage of leaders, and perhaps not even a crisis of leadership. There is a shrinking of collective imagination, a crisis of purpose—and much leadership development, with its overemphasis on leaders’ skills and styles, is complicit in it.
Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder seeks partners who align in thinking that ethical leadership is the foundation of sustainable solutions for seemingly intractable challenges. We view ethical leadership as the “big idea” for driving change. If you would like to learn more about our work and long-term vision, please email our executive director, Bob Bandoni, at [email protected].