Teaching Collaborative Leadership: Ideas and Lessons for the Field

Rosemary O’Leary, Lisa Blomgren Bingham, Yujin Choi

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This article describes and analyzes a new approach to teaching collaborative leadership to masters of public administration students at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. The 3-year-old course teaches students how to design a collaborative network with the necessary players at the table; structure governance for a collaborative group; negotiate ethically to best leverage resources; facilitate meetings of a network; manage conflict among network members; effectively engage the public, including designing and sequencing civic engagement to make effective use of public knowledge; design useful systems for evaluating the outcomes of collaboration; and operate within the legal constraints on collaborative public agency action. The theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings of the course are explained. Ideas and lessons for the field are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-592
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Public Affairs Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2010

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