Leading Across Sectors to Address Grand Challenges
This course explores multisector leadership from a variety of perspectives and provides an opportunity for students to work together to apply what they are learning individually and in teams through in-class exercises, peer coaching, and a final team grant proposal project. After an introductory session where students analyze and present answers related to specific case studies, we begin with an overview of relevant shared leadership theories and practice fields --- including collective, participatory and integrative leadership and an overview of relevant ethical questions and themes. We then consider relevant individual inputs into multisector leadership, including through having students assess their own leadership strengths, what they bring to the collaborative table, and contract with assigned interdisciplinary teams for peer coaching throughout the semester.
The lens of the course moves to the collaboration itself after this focus on the individual, looking at techniques and qualities of successful teams, including those composed of diverse individuals or organizations. Finally, we move to considering different contexts, forms and specific examples of multisector leadership before concluding with presentations to an external panel of each student teams grant proposal for a particular multisectoral initiative of their choosing that they believe will enable transformative action to tackle a significant societal issue and achieve lasting change.
"The critical challenges society faces, such as water scarcity, access to education, and the rising cost of healthcare, increasingly require the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to work together to create lasting solutions."
-- Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas, "Why the World Needs Cross-Sector Leaders," Harvard Business Review, February 13, 2013