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MDRC cultivates disability pride and strengthens the disability movement by recognizing disability as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity while collaborating to dismantle all forms of oppression.

We use 6 qualities of leadership that function in all three components of this model to identify growth in leadership capacity. The six qualities are: Worth, Self-Knowledge, Desire, Voice, Action, and Reflection. Below the qualities are listed. Below each quality there are 3 statements that someone might say depending on which component of the model they are currently focused in.


  • Self - I am worthy of respect
  • Community - I am worthy of joining others
  • Visionary - I am worth listening to


  • Self - I know my strengths and limitations
  • Community - I know what I have to offer others
  • Visionary - I know what my group can do


  • Self - I know what I want
  • Community - I know what my group wants
  • Visionary - I know what needs to be done by my group


  • Self - I speak up for myself
  • Community - I am part of a shared voice
  • Visionary - I can voice my group's issues


  • Self - I take action
  • Community - I take action with others
  • Visionary - I lead my group's actions


  • Self - I reflect and learn about myself
  • Community - I reflect and learn about my group
  • Visionary - I reflect and learn about my leadership

They can be used as a pre and post measurement for movement of an internal sense of self. They can also be used as a means to measure the effectiveness of various components or specific circumstances of a program. For example, after a participant delivers a successful statement at a public hearing, or a group works through a particularly difficult conflict, answering the questions could provide information about the effectiveness of an activity or intervention.