Part 3: Gather Data to Make Change
As a new leader, gathering data is a key part of your entry into your new community. Throughout your first year and in every interaction, make sure you are gathering data about the people and the place that you are leading. This requires actively and carefully listening and careful note-taking. You might be eager to share about yourself and your ideas in some of these interactions and yet it may be more important to provide space for others to share what they know and understand first. This data and knowledge that you gather from the community will be vital for future change-making of any sort. Gathering data is the first step.
Tips for Gathering Data
- Listen with an active listener’s stance. Listen to understand rather than listen to plan your response.
- Take thoughtful notes. Record dates and names of people.