From Leading Diverse Communities: A How-To Guide for Moving from Healing into Action pub. by the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) — explores NCBI principles

#1: “Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place.”

#2: “Welcoming diversity means every person counts and every issue counts.”

#3: “Treating everyone the same may be unintentionally oppressive.”

#4: “Meetings go better when everyone is included.”

#5: “Recognize and work with the diversity already present in what appear to be homogeneous groups.”

#6: “People can take on tough issues more readily when the issues are presented in a spirit of hope.”

#7: “Building a team around us is the most powerful way to bring about institutional change.”

#8: “We all carry records about other groups that prevent us from building effective coalition.”

#9: “Effective anti-racism leadership in the present means healing scars from the past.”

#10: “When we respond to a present situation with intense emotion, we are usually acting out of a past

unhealed difficulty.”

#11: “Underneath every oppressive comment lies some form of injury.”

#12: “People who feel good about themselves do not mistreat others.”

#13: “When witnessing oppressive behavior, having a chance to vent leads to clearer thinking about what is

useful to do next.”

#14: “Diversity leadership requires reclaiming courage.”

#15: “Being an ally to another group requires us to heal the negative images we have internalized about our

own group.”

#16: “Healing discouragement leads to more effective activism”

#17: “Human beings want to be allies with one another.”

#18: “One-on-One relationship building is at the heart of effective intergroup coalitions.”

#19: “Risk taking and mistake making are essential for building close relationships across group lines.”

#20: “We can choose our attitude about what we hear.”

#21: “We don’t change people’s minds; we change their hearts with personal stories of discrimination.”

#22: “Listening is not the same as agreeing.”

#23: “If you wish to move a conflict forward, there is no room for two hurts at the same time.”

#24: “You can develop sound policies on controversial issues when you understand the heartfelt concerns on

all sides.”

#25: “Reach for the higher ground.”

#26: “Building relationships with people who belong to groups that have traditionally mistreated our people is a powerful way to break the cycle of mistrust.”

#27: “Effective leadership requires individual initiative.”

#28: “Effective leadership for diversity requires having the integrity to take principled stands.”

#29: “Leaders deserve to be cherished and supported.”

#30: “Attacks on leaders are a form of oppressive behavior.”

#31: “Leaders change more readily through generosity from others than through criticism.”

#32: “A trusted leader admits and corrects mistakes.”

Leading Diverse Communities by Cherie R. Brown and George J. Mazza (paperback, 168 pages, 8.5″ x 11″) is available through Amazon.