Leading for Justice

Leading for Justice

Supervision, HR, and Culture

Rita Sever


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Leading in organizations working for justice is not the same as leading anywhere else. Staff expect to be treated as partners and demand internal practices that center equity. Justice leaders must meet these expectations, as well as recognize and address the ways that individuals and organizations inadvertently replicate oppression.
Created specifically for social justice leaders, Leading for Justice addresses specific concerns and issues that beset organizations working for social justice and offers practices and models that center justice and equity. Topics include: the role of a supervisor in a social justice organization, the importance of self-awareness, issues of power and privilege, human resources as a justice partner, misses and messes, and clear guidelines for holding people accountable in a manner that is respectful and effective.
Written in a friendly, accessible, and supportive tone, and offering discussion questions at the end of each short section to make the book user-friendly for both individuals and teams, Leading for Justice is a book for leaders who want to walk the talk of supporting social justice, in their organizations and in the world.


Rita Sever:
Rita Sever has an MA in organizational psychology and is a certified professional coach. She worked as a staff member for nine years at an AIDS organization and another nine years at a community action agency. In her consulting practice, she helps social justice organizations throughout the US to be in alignment internally as they work to achieve justice externally. She also works as an affiliate consultant with RoadMap Consulting, a national group of consultants committed to “strengthening organizations and advancing social justice.” When she’s not traveling for work or fun, Rita divides her time between Sonoma County, California and Portland, Oregon. Leading for Justice is her second book. Learn more about Rita at www.supervisionmatters.com.