The Association of Small Foundations has an inspiring message from its leadership listening project:
When we see people in philanthropy speak out, advocate, and mobilize communities, it’s natural to assume they are inherently different from us. We marvel at their boldness. We assume they are extroverted. Full of charisma. Fearless.
Yet we now understand that deciding to act boldly is the culmination of a journey that, for the individual or foundation, began months, years, or sometimes decades ago. All the passion, listening, sense-making, analysis, and insight that ultimately moved the leader to act is invisible to us. We only see the action.