How to Be a Social Change Leader

Chanda Burrage, MS, MIA
3 min readJun 21, 2022

Tips for Making a Difference in the World

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Does it seem like the world is absolutely insane these days? Does it feel like it’s all out of our control?

I’m choosing to hold on to hope and be optimistic about our future. Why? Because there are a gazillion social change agents who are ready to be the change they want to see.

Making a difference in the world can seem insurmountable, but with the right tools and tips, anyone can become a social change leader. This article will discuss some of the most important things you need to know to impact society positively. We’ll cover everything from setting your goals to networking with other change-makers. So whether you’re just starting your journey or working towards social change for years, this post is for you!

Why Do We Need Social Change Leaders?

There are many reasons why we need social change leaders. One reason is that they can help us to see the world in a different way. They can also help us to find new solutions to problems that we may have thought were unsolvable. In addition, social change leaders can inspire others to take action and make positive changes in their own lives.

So, what does it take to be a social change leader? Here are some tips:

The first step to becoming a social change leader is to set your goals. What do you want to achieve? What kind of change do you want to see in the world? Once you have a clear idea of your goals, you can develop a plan of action.

One of the most important things that you need to do as a social change leader is to build relationships with other like-minded individuals. These people can support, advise, and collaborate with you on projects. You can find these people by networking at events, online, or through mutual friends.

Oh, the Joys of Networking :)

When you’re networking with other social change leaders, it’s important to remember that you’re not just trying to make friends. You’re also trying to create meaningful relationships to help you achieve your goals. So don’t be afraid to ask for advice, collaborate on projects, or even vent about the difficulties of being a social change leader!

Another essential tip for social change leaders is never to give up. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it often takes a lot of hard work to see results. But if you stay committed to your goals and continue to work towards making a difference, you will eventually see the impact you’re having on the world.



When setting your goals as a social change leader, it’s essential to make sure they are SMART. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Based. By ensuring that your goals meet all of these criteria, you’ll be more likely to achieve them.

Final Thoughts

So those are just a few tips for becoming a social change leader. If you have a passion for making a difference, don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goals. With dedication and perseverance, anyone can be a leader for positive change.

Do you have any tips for social change leaders? Please share them with us in the comments! And if you found this post helpful, please share it with your friends and followers so that we can continue to spread the message of social change.



Chanda Burrage, MS, MIA

Doctoral student in geography and organizational leadership. Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY-Medgar Evers College. Global social change maker.