ERIC Number: ED495604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Leading through Collaboration: Guiding Groups to Productive Solutions
Glaser, John P.
Any group has the potential for mistrust, suspicion, and rancor, and so effective leadership involves developing attitudes that guide groups to recognize and work through conflict in order to maximize the potential for collaboration. This book offers practical guidance to leaders encountering conflict in their organizations. Based on years of experience that includes work as an organizational consultant and a superintendent, the author describes and applies a more effective means of solving problems through the creation of alignment and shared leadership. Part One of this accessible guide presents a framework for understanding the fundamental attitudes that are necessary for success in addressing conflict and change in an organization, while Part Two provides an essential set of problem-solving skills that can make successful collaboration a reality. This resource will help group members: (1) Establish a sense of shared commitment and common goals; (2) Build higher levels of trust and understanding; (3) Develop an approach to leadership that responds effectively to changing circumstances; (4) Understand each other's needs and perspectives; and (5) Set aside differences and work together for the greater good. In successful group interactions participants build on each other's ideas, interests, and perspectives to develop a unity of purpose and a creative synergy that maximizes success. Learn to cultivate this powerful dynamic to create a community aligned around a common vision. Following a preface, this book is divided into two parts: Part I, Staying on One Page: An Attitude of Coherence, presents: (1) Coherence: The Mysterious and Scientific Side of Problem Solving; (2) Starting wth the Self: Attitudes and Habits that Promote Collaboration; (3) Creating Shared Meaning: Moving From Discord to Collaboration; and (4) The Perils of Coherence: Bad Agreements, False Coherence, and Groupthink. Part II, Tools and Strategies for Leading through Collaboration, concludes with: (5) The Fundamental Elements for Creating Coherence; (6) Aligning the Team; (7) Focusing on the Vision; (8) Searching for Solutions; (9) Reaching Effective Agreements; and (10) Bringing Coherence to the Entire Organization. This book concludes with an index.
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Cooperation, Leadership Effectiveness, Conflict Resolution, Group Dynamics, Delphi Technique, Problem Solving, Transformational Leadership, Fundamental Concepts, Goal Orientation, Negotiation Agreements, Organizational Development, Collegiality, Social Cognition, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Guidance Programs, Textbook Content, Book Reviews
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