Achieving Growth & Opportunity requires diverse stakeholders from multiple sectors to collaborate at a very high level. A critical factor to the success of such cross-sector collaborations is leadership. For the last few years our Fund has partnered with Leadership Cleveland and Leadership Akron to promote the value of particular skills and practices that we call “collaborative civic leadership.” We recognize that collaborations are much different than traditional organizations and therefore require a different kind of leadership. Our region’s leadership programs provide an opportunity to help organizational leaders become better collaborative civic leaders.
This month, Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement for the Fund, Mark Scheffler, president of Leadership Akron, and Marcy Levy Shankman, Ph.D., director of Leadership Cleveland, described their work to promote collaborative civic leadership in an essay published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. To read the full essay, click here.