Partnership for Moral Leadership in the Social Sphere

“Human systems can’t function without formal authority, whether it’s the Commander in Chief, a CEO or a school principal. But what makes organizations really work is when leaders occupying those formal positions have moral authority, too. While formal authority can be seized, won or bestowed, moral authority must be earned by who you are and how you lead.” —Dov Seidman
Partnership to launch with “moral leadership lab” that builds co-created playbooks, tools, and a community of common cause to increase impact & accelerate systems change across social challenges.
The HOW Institute for Society and The Rockefeller Foundation have joined forces to start the Partnership for Moral Leadership in the Social Sphere. At this moment of profound social, economic, and technological disruption, principled decision making and values-based behavior is more important than ever. In a globally interdependent world that is in a state of constant planetary and humanitarian crisis, The HOW Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation believe there is a need for a deep examination of models of leadership, culture and governance. Forward progress on systemic issues will only be achieved by building bridges that bring people together, establishing deep levels of trust, rethinking established systems of operating, and imagining new ones better fit for purpose and grounded in human connection and collaboration.
The Partnership will gather a community of committed leaders who are wrestling with complicated issues ranging from climate change and food insecurity to transforming education and improving global health. Together, these leaders will experiment with new ideas and co-create approaches to infusing frameworks of moral leadership into critical aspects of their work. They will work together to build waves of moral leadership in their organizations and as part of the bedrock of cross-organizational coalitions. The Partnership will leverage research to develop and share new frameworks, models, and practices through curated learning experiences, tools and playbooks that help leaders navigate evolving crises, unexpected events, and countless pain points in the modern workplace that can impede progress.