Strong partnerships result in mutually beneficial outcomes and strengthen community.
Partnerships allow for multiple stakeholders to offer a voice in creating solutions, reaching goals, or identifying challenges to create positive change. As multiple perspectives are shared, a fuller understanding of the resources, assets, strategies, and abilities needed become clearer. Partnerships provide an opportunity to develop relationships and trust. Trust and respect leads to more honest dialogue which allows authentic understanding and meaningful solutions to surface. Participation in a partnerships leads to increased awareness of perspectives, issues, challenges, needs, strategies, and solutions.
But partnerships require work. It is imperative to thoughtfully develop a strategic partnership plan to identify potential partners, establish effective partnerships, and to maintain them.