An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Integrative Leadership: Working Across Boundaries to Tackle Shared Problems and Achieve the Common Good

Image of a yellow puzzle piece bridging a gap between black puzzle pieces

with Drs. John M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, and Tim Mau (moderator)

Note: This webinar was hosted by ILA’s Public Leadership member community.

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How do individuals, groups, and organizations inspire and mobilize diverse constituencies to tackle shared, complex challenges like homelessness, global warming, and economic inequities? Integrative leadership practices offer promise for working effectively across organizational, sectoral, cultural, and geographic boundaries to take on such challenges. This ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar will introduce these practices and offer examples from efforts to close the racial wealth gap in the U.S.A.

Three practices are essential at the start of a major cross-boundary change effort:

  • Shaping and taking advantage of a window of opportunity
  • Building strategic cross-boundary relationships
  • Deploying personal assets on behalf of desired change

The next group of practices are aimed at creating and sustaining inclusive processes and structures. They include:

  • Designing and using formal and informal forums to create shared understanding and commitment
  • Designing and using governance structures (arenas) and decision-making processes for the collaboration
  • Influencing and authorizing decision makers in key arenas outside the collaboration
  • Enforcing and reinforcing formal and informal rules and norms in courts

Finally are the practices that focus on accountabilities and outcomes – for example, establishing an accountability system that uses a variety of methods for collecting and interpreting data.

By attending this webinar, participants will

  • Gain an understanding of integrative leadership;
  • Recognize challenges and successes connected to integrative leadership within a particular case; and
  • Gain insights for applying integrative leadership to the public challenges they care about.
Barbara C. Crosby

Dr. Barbara C. Crosby is associate professor emerita at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and former academic co-director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She received the ILA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

She has taught and written extensively about leadership and public policy, integrative leadership, cross-sector collaboration, women in leadership, media and public policy, and strategic planning. She is the author of Teaching Leadership: An Integrative Approach (2016), Leadership for Global Citizenship (1999), and co-author with John M. Bryson of Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World (2d. ed. 2005). The first edition of the latter book won the 1993 Terry McAdam Award from the Nonprofit Management Association and was named the Best Book of 1992–93 by the Public and Nonprofit Sector Division of the Academy of Management.

She served many years on the editorial board of Leadership Quarterly. She and John M. Bryson were joint winners of the 2019 Keith G. Provan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Empirical Theory from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management. Two recent publications are “Leadership for Social Transformation” with John M. Bryson, Bill Barberg, and Michael Quinn Patton in Journal of Change Management (2021) and “Leadership Lessons from Job in the Time of Pandemic,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics (December 2020).

A frequent speaker at conferences and workshops, she has conducted training for senior managers of nonprofit, business and government organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, Ukraine, Australia, and New Zealand. 

John Bryson

Dr. John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor Emeritus at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, collaboration, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (2018), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (2005). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Professor Bryson has received many awards for his work, including five best book awards, six outstanding article awards, the General Electric Award for Outstanding Research in Strategic Planning from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Research Award and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration, given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. In addition, he has received five lifetime scholarly achievement awards: the 2011 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration; the 2018 H. George Frederickson Award from the Public Management Research Association; the 2019 Keith G. Provan Award (jointly with Barbara Crosby) from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management; the 2020 John Gaus Award from the Public Policy and Public Administration Divisions of the American Political Science Association; and the 2021 Routledge Prize for lifetime contributions to public management research from the International Research Society for Public Management.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of International Public Management Journal, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Public Management Review, and Public Performance and Management Review. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand,

Tim Mau

Dr. Tim A. Mau (Moderator) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario, Canada). For more than 20 years, Mau has been teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses on public management and leadership. He has also provided many leadership workshops to public sector managers and executives in Canada and Asia with the Asian Productivity Organization. Professor Mau’s research interests lie primarily in public sector (administrative) leadership, and he has published a range of book chapters and articles in Canadian and international journals on various facets of public leadership. In May 2020, Dr. Mau was appointed as the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Leadership (Emerald Publishing, UK) and, as of January 1, 2022, assumed the role of Co-Editor-in-Chief.

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