The impact of collective leadership development on the practice of civic leadership

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Lori Elizabeth Kniffin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Leila Villaverde

Abstract: A collective paradigm of leadership is emerging that represents the kind of leadership needed for the post-industrial society, especially in civic contexts where challenges occur between and among organizations and sectors. This paradigm contrasts with dominant leader-centric perspectives of leadership. Yet most community leadership programs still align with leader-centric perspectives, creating a theory-to-practice gap. This community-engaged study partners with a nonprofit organization that provides leadership development aligned with the collective leadership paradigm. Additionally, collaborators include a community coalition that has participated in the collective leadership development grant program. This three-phase study critiques leader-centric paradigms by aligning conceptual frameworks and methodology with collective paradigms. The study explores the impacts of collective leadership development on the practice of civic leadership across multiple layers (i.e., individual, group, system) with attention to how position impacts that practice. Findings illuminate ways that leadership educators can impact leadership in community coalitions such as providing a common language and framework and the enhancement and activation of leadership. Key findings also include insight into how civic groups practice leadership that may inform how leadership educators design development opportunities for community coalitions. The study contributes to a gap in literature at the intersection of collective leadership, civic leadership, and leadership development.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Civic leadership, Collective leadership, Critical leadership studies, Leadership development, Qualitative inquiry
Leadership $x Study and teaching
Community leadership
Civic leaders

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