Leading and Change Making - Museums Association

Leading and Change Making

We all have a role to play in shaping the future of museums and their role in society. Anyone can be a changemaker or leader. Whether it’s incremental or radical, wherever you find yourself you can effect positive and lasting change.

Level 1

  1. Appreciates how museums have developed over time and recognises their social impact.
  2. Understands why responding to external changes is critical for museums to stay relevant.
  3. Understands the role of museums and the difference between, advocacy, campaigning, and activism.
  4. Thinks creatively and solves problems collaboratively.
  5. Understands and applies relevant professional policies and standards, for example Museums Change Lives, Power to the People, MA Code of Ethics for Museums etc.

Level 2

  1. Looks outside to identify external changes and actively takes steps to address these.
  2. Challenges status quo and existing norms and encourages beneficial risk-taking.
  3. Advocates, campaigns, and responds to issues and causes important to the sector and society.
  4. Uses initiative and imagination to make constructive suggestions for improvements and innovations, to create meaningful change.
  5. Demonstrates confidence and credibility in interactions with others.

Level 3

  1. Monitors the external environment for emerging trends and opportunities and shares this information.
  2. Challenges structural inequalities and all forms of intolerance, discrimination, and marginalisation.
  3. Inspires others to think creatively and make changes for public and sector benefit.
  4. Proactively manages the impacts of change on individuals and works to support them to explore, understand and adapt.

Level 4

  1. Leads and innovates in areas of national, regional, or local practice.
  2. Fosters a culture of relevance and continuous improvement for public benefit and social justice.
  3. Fosters a representative, creative, and supportive culture, by implementing fair and inclusive practices.
  4. Develops and embeds new ways of working to support and sustain change making and improvement.

For more information about Leading and Change Making, visit our advocacy campaign, workforce campaign and Museums for Climate Justice campaign.