Collaborative Leadership / Edition 1

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As American society becomes increasingly diverse and public issues more complex, the traditional community problem-solving methods have come up short. Working together successfully today requires a profound shift in our conception of how change is created, and an equally profound shift in our conception of leadership. Collaborative Leadership is designed to help citizens and civic leaders bring together diverse community members in efforts that lead to real, measurable change in the lives of communities.

Drawing on their extensive research--which includes six in-depth case studies and 46 additional studies of successful community collaborations--the authors provide insight and answers to the major challenges facing communities today. They describe how to design, initiate, and sustain a constructive, collaborative process; and they show that the leaders who are most effective in addressing public issues are those who have the credibility to bring together the right people to create visions and solve problems.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Collaborative Leadership is an extremely useful book. Collaboration is a hot topic of the day, but very few people understand the kind of leadership that will bring it about." —John W. Gardner, Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor of Public Service, Stanford University

"Successfully addressing today's complex public issues requires a new partnership between citizens and governments." —The Honorable Federico Pena, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787900038
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/31/1994
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #24
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 891,120
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID D. CHRISLIP is a senior associate of the National Civic League and former vice president of research and development for the American Leadership Forum. CARL E. LARSON is professor of human communication studies and past dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Denver.

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Table of Contents



The Promise of Collaboration.

The Challenge to Traditional Leadership.


Discovering the Keys to Successful Collaboration: Lessons from the Field.

Setting the Stage for Success.

Creating a Constituency for Change.

Building and Sustaining Momentum.

Producing Results That Matter.


Skills for a New Kind of Leadership.

A New Vision of Civic Action.

Appendix A: The Research.

Appendix B: Assessing Collaboration.

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