Developing successful
leadership connections is a relatively complex process but can be managed
fairly easily by agency staff members who meet the criteria included in the
leadership connection assessment in this chapter. The Leadership Team
identifies stakeholders with whom leadership connections are wanted and selects
the most appropriate Team members to pursue the connections. It is understood
those connections are exclusively for the purpose of supporting the interests
and priorities of the agency and the stakeholders and any appearance of
personal benefit is avoided by Team members. The connections can be pursued on
a planned or unplanned basis and are then sustained using a combination of
planned and unplanned contact.

Two points deserve special
emphasis. First, Team members are clear about agency interests and priorities,
that those interests and priorities are prospective. They are future
considerations. Second, members either know or find out what the stakeholders’
interests and priorities are, understanding their interests and priorities are
prospective as well. Leadership connections are always for the sake of future
benefits. If the Leadership Team’s members understand the prospective nature of
their efforts, have the skill set discussed in relation to the leadership
connection assessment, are clear about agency interests and priorities and
those of stakeholders, and assure opportunities to pursue leadership
connections, the agency has and will sustain the Leadership Perspective needed
for human services agency excellence.