- Partners define transformative leadership in many ways, but their perspectives can be synthesized into the following definition: Transformative leadership is the act of engaging others in an ethical manner to generate positive and lasting change.
- According to the partners, transformative leaders share many core competencies—abilities and skills they naturally possess or develop with practice—that enable them to achieve the positive and lasting changes they seek in their communities. Partners cited the following as the top five competencies: effective communication, empathy, introspection, clear vision, and integrity.
- Although Scholars may already demonstrate leadership potential upon their selection, partners recognize that leadership competencies must be nurtured through ongoing programming. Across the program, partners offer Scholars a wide array of activities and supports. These can be grouped into three fundamental categories: (1) instruction, (2) modeling, and (3) practicing.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Learning Partnership