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Why the World Needs Tri-Sector Leadership

The critical challenges society faces — such as water scarcity, access to education, and the rising cost of healthcare — increasingly require the business, government and nonprofit sectors to work together to create lasting solutions. But this is only possible if the senior executives of our leading institutions are what Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director of McKinsey & Company, refers to as "tri-sector athletes" — leaders able to engage and collaborate across all three sectors.

So how can you become a tri-sector athlete? First identify a tri-sector issue of interest and cultivate a network across sectors to learn from and meet your counterparts. We've noticed there are no shortage of major conferences (e.g., Concordia Summit), hackathons (e.g., Random Hacks of Kindness) and city building organizations (e.g., Toronto's CivicAction) where tri-sector issues are discussed — and acted on — by representatives from all three sectors.

Or consider joining a growing number of cross-sector fellowship programs — such as Fuse Corps, Code for America, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, Coro Fellows, and Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Teams — that pair top innovators with mayors, governors and federal officials to address pressing public challenges.

But most importantly, follow your passions and seek to leave the world a better place than how you received it. Before you know it, you'll be working with leaders and organizations across sectors to see your vision realized.

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Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas

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Harvard Business Review