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Advocating for your Team

A very important competency within the Building Trust quadrant of our Leadership Model is this simple word “advocacy.” Unfortunately, it is when advocacy is noticeably absent from our workplace environment that many of us become keenly aware of its significance. If you have ever worked for a leader who did not “have your back,” you understand firsthand the impact this absence of advocacy may have had on your own sense of loyalty and engagement as an employee.


In episode 11 of Reflections on Leadership, Grants Training Manager Steve Slater discusses the competency of Advocacy. Strictly speaking, advocacy refers to the ability to adopt and actively support a cause, idea, or policy. Certainly, the ability to take a take a position and then effectively support it is an important skill, but in the context of leadership there is much more to it.