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Bill Gibson and the Art of Leading Across Boundaries


Ricardo S. Morse is an assistant professor of public administration and government in the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on leadership and collaborative governance. He is lead editor of Transforming Public Leadership for the 21st Century (M. E. Sharpe, 2007) and Innovations in Public Leadership Development (M. E. Sharpe, 2008).


inline imageAs director of a regional council for more than 30 years, Bill Gibson is instrumental in facilitating “boundary-crossing” collaborations that increase public value. This Administrative Profile examines three cases of regional, cross-sector collaboration catalyzed by Gibson’s leadership. Characteristics of entrepreneurship, attention to “relationship capital,” and the humility derived from ego strength combine with the context of working for a boundary organization to help explain his success.