Written by Wanda Barrett

Being a Latino leader in Delaware comes with immense responsibility and the opportunity to impact the Latino community profoundly. Leadership in this context entails providing guidance, mentorship, and serving as a thought leader on topics relevant to our community.

One of the critical roles of a Latino leader is to guide and empower individuals within the Latino community. This involves being a source of inspiration and support, helping others navigate the challenges they may face. By sharing personal experiences, successes, and failures, a Latino leader can provide valuable insights and advice, guiding others toward achieving their goals and aspirations.

Mentorship is another crucial aspect of Latino leadership. As a mentor, a Latino leader can play a pivotal role in individuals’ personal and professional development within the community. By sharing knowledge, skills, and networks, a leader can help others overcome barriers and unlock their full potential. Mentorship fosters community and solidarity, creating a support system that encourages growth and success.

Being a thought leader is equally essential for a Latino leader. By staying informed and insightful on topics relevant to the Latino community, a leader can actively contribute to meaningful conversations and shape public opinion. Whether advocating for social justice, championing educational opportunities, or promoting cultural awareness, a thought leader can influence policies and attitudes, ultimately creating positive change for the Latino community.

To effectively fulfill these roles, a Latino leader must possess certain qualities. Empathy and cultural sensitivity are essential, enabling a leader to understand the unique experiences and challenges the Latino community faces. By actively listening and engaging with others, a leader can build trust and create an inclusive environment where everyone’s voice is heard and respected.

Additionally, a Latino leader should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. These enable leaders to effectively convey their message, inspire others, and build meaningful connections. By fostering collaboration and teamwork, a leader can amplify the impact of their efforts and create a united front in addressing the needs and aspirations of the Latino community.

Being a Latino leader in Delaware is a privilege and a responsibility. It requires dedication, perseverance, and a genuine passion for serving others. A Latino leader can empower individuals, strengthen the community, and contribute to a more equitable and inclusive society by providing guidance, mentorship, and thought leadership. Together, we can create a future where the voices and contributions of the Latino community are celebrated and valued.

Wanda Barrett - Latino Community Engagement Manager, United Way of Delaware

Wanda Barrett is the Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships at United Way of Delaware and the chair of the Latinos Unidos Affinity Group.