Leaders are life-long learners. Growing leadership skills, therefore, is an on-going process. As leaders mature and their influence broadens, they require additional training, expanded networks and up-to-date information. Providing all the skill development leaders need would make programs too lengthy, intensive and costly. LIDERAMOS suggest a continuum of leadership development with a foundational program that covers key elements and then advanced training and/or alumnae sessions can offer additional training.

The following list suggests key elements to consider and prioritize in developing leadership curriculums. Program content should always be adapted to the community served, participant needs and educational levels, as well as budget, resources and staffing.

Self-Development and Awareness


  • Identity: personal and professional
  • Assessment instruments to understand personal leadership style
  • Spiritual grounding, values clarification, and personal purpose
  • Overall resilience: physical, spiritual
    and emotional

Mainstream Leadership


  • Review key mainstream leadership models and know-how to use these
  • Understand dominant culture protocol, communication and power dynamics
  • Develop an executive presence
  • Servant Leadership: the bridge between mainstream and Latino leadership

Latino Culture and Leadership Practices


  • Latino diversity, history, cultural identity and assets
  • Position of Latinos as “minorities” and White privilege/discrimination
  • Latino leadership practices and principles
  • Exposure to Latino role models

Public Policy, Civic Engagement
and Social Change


  • Understand Latino issues (education, employment, immigration, etc.)
  • Strategies to influence public policy and the legislative process
  • Know social change and economic empowerment models
  • Understand how to build community and motivate people

Networking, Team-Building
and Influence Strategies


  • Strategies for building a supportive network
  • Mentoring and coaching for success
  • Career advancement skills
  • Dressing for success, branding and image
  • Emotional I.Q, conflict negotiation and public speaking skills

Theory of Change

Leadership by the Many by Juana Bordas

Leaders everywhere have much to learn from Latino leaders who have traditionally worked in a collaborative and inclusive model. Creating a community of leaders was essential to Hispanics whose advancement depended on people power, collective resources, and a critical mass of skilled and motivated people.