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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Recruiting a Leadership Planning Team

Recruiting a Leadership Planning Team

(p.24) 3 Recruiting a Leadership Planning Team
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers guidelines for recruiting a leadership planning team for a worker center. The initial leaders are likely to be the most active volunteers, promoters, and supporters, including financial supporters. It is therefore good to think carefully from the beginning about who could and should be invited to the initial leadership table. This chapter outlines the steps for finding a balanced, thoughtful, and committed founding group, from considering the categories of community leaders to clearing the possible dates with people whom you believe must be at the first planning meeting, calling each person on the prospective planning leadership list, and thinking about what kind of leadership is needed on the permanent board. The chapter also emphasizes the importance of continuously inviting people during the planning process, watching for leadership values and developing skills, preparing for challenges, and confirming formal board leadership roles only after the planning process has been completed.

Keywords:   leadership planning team, worker center, leadership, community leaders, planning

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