Leadership Within Unions (LS018)

Participants prepare themselves for assuming the responsibilities in their organization by developing skills and abilities required of union leaders. Strategic planning, decision making, developing a vision, styles of leadership, rank and file participation, communications, and running effective meetings are among the topics to be considered. Group dynamics in unions will be discussed including why people join groups, particularly law and high trust groups. Special attention is paid to the unique qualities of unionists, their motivations and their needs. Each participant will prepare a plan for improving how their local union functions.

Key Topics

  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Leadership Development
  • Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Group Dynamics
  • Empowering the Rank and File

Approach and Features

  • Organizer’s Toolkit
  • Multi-Media Lectures
  • Group Discussions
  • Case Studies
  • Role Play
  • Exercises

Benefits to You, Your Union, or Organization

  • Learn how to strategically plan for success.
  • Survey the best decision making methodologies.
  • Develop leadership characteristics.
  • Run successful meetings.
  • Harness the dynamic power of groups.
  • Empower the rank and file.


Reid Friedson

Reid Friedson, PhD was Visiting English Speaking Union (ESU) Scholar at the University of Oxford and James Madison Memorial Foundation Constitutional History Teaching Fellow at George Mason University. As field director with Fair Districts Florida 2010, he organized 450 petitioners and canvassers to amend the Florida Constitution and prohibit gerrymandering of legislative districts. In 2013, with the aid of social media, Dr. Friedson established the Adjunct Faculty Union (AFU) in 32 states and 6 countries. A professor of comparative government in the United States and Jamaica, Dr. Friedson was public educator on Capitol Hill with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Legislative Headquarters. Dr. Friedson most recently edited the Bernie Sanders for President (2016) National Organizing Guides. Dr. Friedson currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. 



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