Moving Beyond Collective Impact to Systems Change Leadership

Jennifer LeSar, tJennifer LeSarhe Campaign’s Co-Chair and President and CEO of LeSar Development Consultants, said at the December meeting that although the Campaign was built around the Collective Impact model, after 54 months of coordinating the Campaign, it had actually moved beyond Collective Impact.

The Leadership Team had, in fact, become system leaders, as defined by Stanford University Social Innovation Review.

“The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society’s most intractable problems require a unique type of leader – the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadership,” according to the Review.

“Learning on the job, letting go of control, working with other system leaders; all of these are the core capabilities of system leaders to see a larger system together, their ability to self-correct, shift from a collective focus of reacting to co-creating the future,” LeSar said.

LeSar added: “This Campaign has created dozens of systems change leaders. I am looking forward to co-creating our future together.”