Developmental Leadership: What it is, why it matters, and how it can be supported
This brief highlights key points from DLP's 10-year synthesis report, Inside the Black Box of Political Will. It explains 'developmental leadership' as the strategic, collective and political process of building political will to make positive change happen.
Developmental leadership relies on three elements:
- First, it relies on motivated and strategic individuals with the incentives, values, interests and opportunity to push for change.
- Second, these motivated people must overcome barriers to cooperation and form coalitions with sufficient power, legitimacy and influence.
- Third, coalitions’ power and effectiveness partly hinges on their ability to contest and de-legitimise one set of ideas and legitimise an alternative set.