Change Agent Abilities: The following is a listing of change agent abilities compiled from numerous sources. For ease of use, these sources have all been acknowledged at the end of this document. Change agents are: · Resilient · Optimistic · Tenacious · Committed · Passionate · Patient · Emotionally intelligent · Assertive · Persuasive · Empathetic · Authentic · Ethical · Self-Aware · Competent · Curious They can:
Communicate ideas clearly, concisely, and precisely both orally and in writing Listen to others and incorporate their ideas and perspectives Accommodate individual differences (cultural, socioeconomic, global, etc.) in your decisions and actions and be able to negotiate across these differences. Engage in self-assessment, self-reflection, and analysis Reflect on what is happening to make meaning, gain perspective and understanding Engage in civil discourse and debate Mediate and resolve conflicts Analyze power, structures of inequality, and social systems that govern individual and communal life Recognize the global implications of their actions
Span boundaries Challenge the status quo effectively when appropriate Creatively and collaboratively solve problems using critical thinking skillsÍ¾ search for families of solutions for complex multi-faceted issues Collaborate, network, develop alliances and coalitions, build teams Involve others, inspire and excite participants, engender support and commitment See the big picture and the larger goal and understand the need for systemic change Adjust to the diverse and changing needs of both individuals and society as a whole Set realistic and clearly defined goals and objectives
Be both a leader and a follower, as necessary Analyze and influence group dynamics Make ethical decisions which incorporate responsibility to self, community, and society Help envision, articulate and create positive scenarios for the future of society See the paths, small steps, for changes needed for a more sustainable future, convert it into a tasklist and timeline, and follow through effectively Tolerate ambiguity and cope effectively with change
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Insights into the functioning and interconnectedness of systems A commitment to finding solutions to societal problems Political efficacy, a belief that what they think and do civically and politically matters Integrity Courage An understanding of organic change
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