Last week we held a meeting in Rongai. It went well, but we need to give our leadership team something to be doing to keep them engaged in the campaign.
Tony and I talked and saw it was a good idea to let them know we are having an event at the end of July so they should start having 1:1s with the community members. During these we want them to be asking them to come to the event.
Apart from that, we are going to lead them in organizing the event and see how it goes. One thing that really excited them was talk of team building and assigning specific roles and duties. That also excited Tony and me because it means they want to commit even more.
-James Njoroge, Community Organizer in Rongai
Here are some great aspects of leadership highlighted by Leadership Now from their blog.
Leadership and character are inseparable. In the Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders, philosophers Al Gini and Ronald Green, ask what is good leadership? They insist “that ethics, character, and virtue are essential to real leadership” and anything else is misleadership.
They define leadership as:
Leadership is not just a set of learned skills, a series of outcomes, a career, a profession, or a title. Leadership, at its core, is about character: specifically, a character attuned to its ethical responsibilities to others. The kind of character that, in regard to others, always tries to do the right thing, for the right reason, on purpose.
They suggest ten virtues or traits of character and as such they describe not just a leader’s behavior but a clear sense of the way a leader thinks; the beliefs and motivations behind their actions. They note that these virtues are fragmentary in that they can exist apart from one another and rarely does any leader possess all of them.
1. Deep Honesty. Not just truth-telling but a bias for the truth. “It describes the leader’s basic commitment to the truth, and a sense of shame or anger when deceitfulness replaces truth-telling.” (James Burke, Johnson & Johnson)
2. Moral Courage. “Here one confronts a multitude of things that terrify people: fear of criticism or embarrassment; fear of poverty or job loss; fear of losing friends or being ostracized—even fear of being seen to be in the wrong. Overcoming self-doubt can be an expression of courage.” Courageous leaders hold fast to their values and purpose even when there is no certainty that they will prevail. Courage is of particular importance because unlike the virtue of honesty, is not an aim in itself but it supports other moral claims. As such, philosopher Robert Merrihew Adams describes courage as a “structural virtue.” (Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks)
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Nafisika Trust is an organization Tatua supports. They work in the prisons around Nairobi providing education, counceling and entreprenuership.
Vickie Wambura, founder of Nafisika, attended our training for trainers. Just the other day I met with her and she was telling me how their work is taking off and growing at an almost alarming rate. One thing she kept emphasizing was that everytime she meets with new organizations, partners or donors she always tells her story!
Public narrative is a skill taught in community organizing and at Tatua we see how it connects people all of the time, but it is a whole different thing to hear about another ground-up organization using it successfully in Kenya without the need for Tatua to be there.
Community organizing is spreading and working in Kenya. Be a part of the movement this month by donating to a campaign to send street children back to school. It is an initiative started by the community and run by the community!
Furaja not only means joy or happiness, it is also a children’s home located in Ngong Town. It was started by an amazing women named Moraa. Upon entering her home you will be greeted immediately by the smiling faces of 46 children and about 4 staff members. There are no words to describe the joy that truly radiates from Furaja. I could sit here and type Moraa’s story, but I would never be able to do it justice. Watch this video to hear her tell it herself.
At Tatua we believe in organizations like Furaja because they are working in their community to combat an issue. The issue of child poverty. They are coming together with others to find solutions to children living on the streets in Ngong. Everyone has an opportunity to join them by clicking here and donating on Global Giving to help launch the campaign in Ngong Town.