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Leading in the Shared-Power World of 2020


Barbara C. Crosby is an associate professor in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her current research focuses on collaborative and integrative leadership and the teaching of leadership.


Imagine that citizens and public officials working together over the next decade are able to maximize the democratic potential of today’s shared-power, “no-one-in-charge” world and achieve more sustainable modes of living together on Earth. The article focuses on the development of shared or collaborative approaches to leadership, ideas for developing integrative leadership practices that harness new (and old) communications and information technologies, and means of feeding knowledge back and forth between academia and practitioners in order to produce practical wisdom for solving complex public problems.