Bridging Differences and Building Collaboration: The Critical Role of Leadership
By Steven D. Pierce | June 2002 | View Full Text
This concept paper explores bridging leadership, is an approach to leadership characterized by the capacity to initiate and sustain a collaborative process designed to achieve meaningful social change through the collective action of multiple and diverse stakeholders.
A leadership style uniquely suited to confront the many challenges facing today’s societies, bridging leadership stands in contrast to many Western models of leadership, which today are often dominated by the field of management. In today’s world, a new type of leadership is needed to confront extreme poverty, social injustice, devastating and often-violent conflict, severe environmental degradation and widespread disease such as HIV/AIDS. To achieve sustainable results in these and other areas, the combined efforts of many actors -- from business, community organizations and government -- are required to come up with innovative ideas, new types of resources and the will to work together. Bridging leadership provides a model or an approach for doing just that.
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