This podcast deepens our understanding of Collaborative Leadership. It is based on the notion that if you bring people together in constructive ways and arm them with good information, authentic visions and strategies for complex issues will arise. Learn more about makes for makes for successful collaborations and this new wave of leadership.
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With voter turnout at record low levels across North America, with apathy and frustration with all levels of government the norm, David Chrislip offers a way forward. David, the co-author of Collaborative Leadership, has spent the past 30 years helping people enhance their leadership capacities and create visions and strategies for their organizations and communities by working together. The broader purpose of his work is to build civil society.
Traditional models of leadership simply do not work in our increasingly diverse and complex society. Collaboration is a positive way to make conscious, inclusive decisions on community issues. Collaboration is the new leadership.
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The Collaborative Premise
The collaborative premise says: If you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization and community.
Each component of the premise is important:
Why do we need collaborative leadership?
Our traditional models of leadership do not serve us well, especially in our increasingly diverse and complex society. Our default position is often to simply avoid making a conscious decision. We choose to focus on a solution rather than a process that brings us to a solution. We can make conscious, inclusive decisions on a community issue – collaboration is a positive way to do this.
The pervasive concept of leadership is that of the heroic leader – they have a vision, they assert it, they persuade us, and they gain followers. Collaborative leadership turns that concept upside down simply by saying that if we bring good people together in constructive ways, we will be able to push forward. We need to remember that how we decide is as important as what we decide. The quality of engagement reflects the quality of our decisions, and ultimately, the quality of our outcomes.
Successful collaborations produce results that are:
The four critical aspects to collaboration are:
These are 10 key elements found in all successful community collaborations. They include:
It is important to remember that collaboration is more than a tool in a tool bag. When collaboration works, it reproduces and builds the characteristics of civic community, allowing us to deal with future issues in constructive ways. Collaboration builds social capital. Collaboration is the new leadership.
The New Civic Leadership – In this article, David writes that we need a new form of leadership for the civic arena. This leadership must come from new and diverse sources, and its practice must take a radically different form.
Collaboration: The New Leadership – This interview between David and Joe Flower appeared in The Healthcare Forum Journal, November-December 1995, Vol. 38 #6.
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David D. Chrislip - David is Principal of Skillful Means. He has spent the past 30 years helping people enhance their leadership capacities and create visions and strategies for their organizations and communities by working together. The broader purpose of his work is to build civil society. His work focuses on three areas: civic leadership development, collaboratively addressing complex community issues, and organizational strategy and development. His roles include research, writing, process design, capacity building, leadership coaching and consulting, and facilitation.
He has served as a Senior Associate of the National Civic League and as Vice President of Research and Development for American Leadership Forum. He is the co-founder of the Denver Community Leadership Forum. He has taught graduate courses in leadership and ethics at the University of Denver and at the University of Colorado at Denver. For 20 years, he was a senior Course Director with the Colorado Outward Bound School and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Previously he served in financial management positions with The Boeing Company.
An experienced seminar leader and consultant, David has worked with many communities and organizations, both nationally and internationally, and has conducted leadership development programs for several thousand students, managers and community leaders. He has written a number of published articles on politics, civic engagement, and civil society and is the co-author, with Carl Larson, of Collaborative Leadership: How Citizens and Civic Leaders Can Make a Difference (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994) and author of The Collaborative Leadership Fieldbook: A Guide for Citizens and Civic Leaders (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002).
David received his B.A. degree (1966) from Oklahoma State University in economics and history, an M.S. degree (1970) from Wichita State University in economics, and an M.P.A. degree (1982) from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.