Leadership for Social Justice: 10 Key Leadership Lessons

Artika Tyner Posted by Artika Tyner, Author, Professor.

Public Policy Professor and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of St. Thomas, Leadership Author, Civil Rights Attorney

Leadership for Social Justice: 10 Key Leadership Lessons

Each and every day, I discover a new leadership lesson. This follows the simple notion: leaders are first and foremost learners. As a leader, you must seek opportunities to learn and grow. As a learner, you explore new ideas, challenge your assumptions and embrace diverse perspectives.

Over the years, I began compiling a list of my key leadership lessons. These lessons have emerged after reflecting upon my daily learning experiences. I began to ponder my ethical values, how I work in teams and what methods I have used to promote collective engagement. These lessons will serve as a guide as you begin to reflect on your leadership journey and your key learning experiences.

  1. Serve others: “The heart of the leader is manifested through service to others.”
  2. Always seek to learn: “The leader is always learning new things and gaining new insights.”
  3. Seek justice: “Make a commitment to serve the needs of the ‘least of these’ and give voice to the voiceless.”
  4. Lead authentically: “Be true to yourself-at the core of your leadership are your values and morals.”
  5. Be creative: “Your only limitation is the limits of your imagination so dream big.”
  6. Champion others: “A leader helps others to reach their full leadership potential.”
  7. Listen to others: “An effective leader is also an effective listener.”
  8. Engage in ongoing self-reflection: “Self-reflection helps one to gain new perspectives, foster connections, and develop self-awareness.”
  9. Chart a new course: “The leader goes courageously into uncharted territories and creates a new path.”
  10. Tap into your power: “Change requires action and action is an exercise of your power.”


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