The National League of Cities has launched a leadership
training initiative with the attractive acronym REAL.
It stands for Race, Equity And
Leadership . . . a challenging combination.
Embracing the challenge, the National League of Cities’ own
NLC University (sister institution to our FLC University) is bringing a
leadership summit, Leading
through Tough Times, to Orlando from September 16th to the 19th.(I’ll be there, giving the keynote on
Friday.) Throughout the summit, in addition to other leadership topics,
attendees will be ‘getting REAL’, wrestling with the realities of persistent
racism and inequality and strategizing about how to change those realities in
It’s not easy. It’s never easy to change old habits. It’s
never easy to identify, acknowledge and then change some aspect of an
organization or a community’s culture that marginalizes or, worse, intimidates some
to gratify others.