Collaborative Leadership : How Citizens And Civic Leaders Can Make A Difference

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Part 1: A Summary of Collaborative Leadership
Since the creation of the English language, collaboration and teamwork have been terms used together. The word “collaborate” stems from the Latin root words com- (with, together) and –labor (work). Collaboration involves individuals coming together to achieve a common goal, and much more. In their critically acclaimed book Collaborative Leadership: How Citizens And Civic Leaders Can Make A Difference, Chrislip and Larson (1994) define collaboration as “[creating] a shared vision and joint strategies to address concerns that go beyond the purview of any particular party” (p. 5). Collaboration goes beyond working together. Collaboration involves an active communication process among members of a group of people working towards a particular goal. It involves changing the mindset of members towards the end result. Other researchers (2015) have attempted to provide an analysis about what collaboration results in, “[democratic leadership involves] creating vision collaboratively, and sharing responsibility for results” (Wilson, p. 47). Wilson’s definition shows that collaborative leadership involves effective teamwork. Collaboration’s impacts spread across several different areas. One area where collaboration has been implemented successfully is the education system. According to Chrislip and Larson (1994) “[educators and community members] recognize that implementation [of systemic change] can succeed only if teachers,…

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