Leadership for A Fractured World

Leadership for A Fractured World

How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change

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Outlines an approach to leadership that encourages leaders to surpass internal and external boundaries to nurture collaboration.

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Based on interviews with leaders and the authors' experiences helping groups change, this guide argues that traditional leadership usually advances the interests of one group over another and perpetuates divisions that are reinforced by group boundaries, and outlines a type of leadership in business, politics, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, education, and government that can address the interdependent challenges, dangers, and opportunities present in a fractured, complex, and unpredictable world with divisions between groups. It draws on research and theories from anthropology, social psychology, human development, and business to detail the need for a global change agent who prompts people to cross group boundaries to address shared problems; helps groups address maladaptive practices that keep people from responding to emerging threats and the demands of a changing world; works with divided and fractured groups to build a bridge by healing wounds, reducing the mystery of the other, and resolving conflicts; and intervenes with a stuck group to stimulate creativity to produce solutions. It explains how habitual ways of thinking and operating thwart problem solving and creative work and why global change agents are needed; how cultural practices, values, and group narratives create divisions between groups, reinforce boundaries, and impede interdependent problem solving, and how to analyze group dynamics for adaptive and maladaptive features; how to expand personal boundaries to increase leadership; and self-care. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Leaders today—whether in corporations or associations, nonprofits or nations—face massive, messy, multidimensional problems. No one person or group can possibly solve them—they require the broadest possible cooperation. But, says Harvard scholar Dean Williams, our leadership models are still essentially tribal: individuals with formal authority leading in the interest of their own group. In this deeply needed new book, he outlines an approach that enables leaders to transcend internal and external boundaries and help people to collaborate, even people over whom they technically have no power.

Drawing on what he’s learned from years of working in countries and organizations around the world, Williams shows leaders how to approach the delicate and creative work of boundary spanning, whether those boundaries are cultural, organizational, political, geographic, religious, or structural. Sometimes leaders themselves have to be the ones who cross the boundaries between groups. Other times, a leader’s job is to build relational bridges between divided groups or even to completely break down the boundaries that block collaborative problem solving. By thinking about power and authority in a different way, leaders will become genuine change agents, able to heal wounds, resolve conflicts, and bring a fractured world together.

Publisher: San Francisco :, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.,, [2015]
Copyright Date: © 2015
ISBN: 9781626562653
Characteristics: xvi, 242 pages ; 23 cm


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