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The Leaderful Fieldbook: Strategies and Activities for Developing Leadership in Everyone

The flattened network world demands a new type of leadership: one that is collective and collaborative, where solutions and vision are co-created by everyone. Although foreshadowed in Joe Raelin’s Creating Leaderful Organizations, the practical application of collective leadership remains a mystery to many practicing managers and professionals.

It is evident that the development of leaderful organizations cannot happen overnight; in fact, we need agents to emerge to help us learn how to change longstanding regressive organizational cultures into more leaderful communities. When we say “leaderful,” we refer to leadership practices that are collective and concurrent – people can serve as leaders all together and at the same time.

The Leaderful Fieldbook is designed for these change agents – coaches, facilitators, OD consultants, and weavers – wishing to embark with their clients on a leaderful journey across a range of levels – from individual to network – and adopting a style of collective engagement that matches the democratic processes that they are seeking to produce. The fieldbook presents the most practical of recommendations to promote dialogue in the form of an array of exercises that can be adopted immediately across these multiple levels of experience. It also features a set of cases that demonstrate the use of the exercises in each of these levels – individual, interpersonal, team, organizational, and social network.

One of the cases in the network chapter is co-written by long-time NCDD member Rosa Zubizarreta, and also in this same chapter is an exercise on network weaving based on the Core Principles of Public Engagement co-developed by NCDD, IAP2, and the Co-Intelligence Institute.  For more information, please consult the fieldbook’s website at www.leaderful.org/bookHome.html.

About the Author:

JOE RAELIN holds the Asa S. Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education at Northeastern University where he is also Professor of Management and Organization Development.  His research has focused on the practice of management in such areas as managing professionals, collective leadership, and work-based learning.

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