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Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up Hardcover – November 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470906033 ISBN-10: 0470906030 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470906030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470906033
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problems? It's all around us. Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up will inspire readers to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. It also offers a set of practices that will help leaders be more effective at bringing diverse people and groups together to solve problems. While many leadership books today focus on how to lead organizations, this book is about how to lead communities.

Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies, shares unique experiences and lessons his organization has learned from two decades of identifying and developing thousands of diverse young leaders across the country. The book is organized around a new definition of leadership: (1) It is an action everyone can take, not a position few hold; (2) it is about taking personal and social responsibility to work with others on common goals; and (3) it is the practice of values that engage diverse individuals and groups to work together effectively. Not everyone can lead in every context, but everyone does have the capacity to step up, take responsibility, and work with others to make progress on the issues they care about.

With inspiring stories and practical examples, the author shares what it means to lead today. He tells the story about how the Public Allies model emerged (including Michelle Obama's important role) and demonstrates the organization's approach through illustrative stories of its graduates and of his own unusual leadership journey. The author surveys America's democratic and civil rights history, current trends, and leadership theory to demonstrate how collaboration among citizens has always been core to social change. The book also delves into five leadership values essential today: recognizing and mobilizing assets, diversity and inclusion, teamwork and collaboration, continuous learning, and integrity.

Everyone Leads offers a hopeful path for citizens, policymakers, and nonprofit organizations wanting to build and engage the diverse leadership our communities and our democracy badly need.

About the Author

Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, which advances leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation across the country. He is recognized as one of America's most influential nonprofit leaders; writes and speaks frequently on social innovation, civic participation, diversity, and community building; and has served on President Obama's transition team and the White House Council on Community Solutions.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RV on May 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Deceptively simple, but very timely and powerful in the scope of its message: that everyone has a role to play in building a real movement to make our communities and country stronger and more vibrant. In this country -- and others, mind you -- we've created a mythology around the singular superman leader who singlehandedly makes history. Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln are just some examples. But if you dig a little deeper, as "Everyone Leads" does, we find that movements are built of many, many people. Today, we find ourselves in a situation in which millions of young people of all stripes and incomes are being left behind, overlooked and simply not taken seriously because they don't fit the cookie-cutter mold of what people believe leaders should resemble. This is a grave mistake. "Everyone Leads" shows us not only how we can cultivate new leaders by looking in places others don't, but more importantly, that we MUST do so if we are to tap into the unbelievable talent that lies latent in our country. If we fail to do so, then we hurt ourselves. If we fail to do so, then we fail ourselves. I highly recommend this book to teachers, professors, leaders in the nonprofit industry and businesses interested in tapping into the power of diversity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Patnosh on November 7, 2011
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"Everyone Leads" was a wonderful experience, not just a wonderful read. Hearing Schmitz talk about the Public Allies leadership model, interweave stories from Allies, and bring in his own personal experiences over the past 25 years made this book truly enjoyable. In my own thinking on how I was leading I realized strengthes and challenges. I also realized a lot of potential. Full disclosure, I have known Paul for a number of years and we have worked together in national service, but my praise for this book lies more in what I did not know about Paul and learning about the founding of Public Allies. I have recommended this book for all of my staff and I think it is a great read for anyone who has dealt with questions of how and why they lead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bauer on November 3, 2011
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Everyone Leads is the story of Public Allies and the organization's unique perspective on leadership development. The main premise is that, as the title conveys, everyone leads. Everyone has qualities, attributes and assets that can help define them as leaders. If you are interested in community development, national service, leadership development, and/or the stories of everyday people who were able to find the leadership voice inside of them to do amazing things, this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Disappointed in Chicago on December 19, 2012
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Very enjoyable read. Schmitz and Public Allies have created a movement. The idea that leaders should be developed
from the community up, instead of from the ivy-leaguer down is a wonderful insight. Kudos to Schmitz for his leadership
and Public Allies for this innovative youth leadership movement.
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The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, protests in Russia -- all over the world the leadership of the few is being challenged by the many. Some assert these are the failure symptoms of the current leadership model. If we need to change, what's the new model? In his book, "Everyone Leads" Paul Schmitz takes a stab at this question. Mr. Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, a non-profit group that mobilizes individuals who want to improve their communities. Public Allies provides support and a structure that engages nascent leaders and unlocks their potential."Everyone Leads" is split into two parts. First is the story of how Mr. Schmitz became involved in Public Allies and how Public Allies fit into the larger history of civil activism of the 20th century. The second part of the book describes the five values of leadership that Public Allies teaches; homegrown leadership, practicing diversity and selectivity, facilitating collaborative action, continuous learning, and accountability.
Mr Schmitz understands the greater shift in our society from physical work to cognitive work and he sees the need for a new model of leadership. His answer has three parts. First, he defines leadership as an action, not a position. Second, he writes that leadership is about taking responsibility and working with others on common goals. And third, it is the practice of values that engage diverse individuals and groups to work together effectively.

The first part parallels nicely with the Leader-Leader value of Control. The second two are in line with organizational Clarity. Mr. Schmitz's focuses on providing an example for community builders.
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In this inspirational and innovative treatise on leadership and civic engagement, I learned more about the power of community, inclusion and collaboration than any other book, class, or training. Within these pages, Schmitz writes with refreshing honesty about his development as a leader, the development of the national leadership development/capacity building organization Public Allies, and the status of our modern America. This book is current. It's messages are salient. Most importantly, it helps shape a transformative pathway towards a strong America - from the ground up. You'll find that Everone Leads sets up an empowering journey for your continous learning about yourself and your community. It will revolutionize your thinking in powerful, wonderful ways. Plus, the stories within the book are so rich and real. Read it!!
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More About the Author

Paul Schmitz is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up, and CEO of Public Allies, which has advanced the leadership of over 5,000 diverse young adults to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation across the country. Paul founded Public Allies Milwaukee in 1993, and has been the national CEO since 2000.

Paul writes and speaks frequently on leadership, diversity, civic participation, social innovation, collective impact, and community building. He is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, and serves on the boards of Independent Sector, The United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Voices For National Service. As a private volunteer, Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama presidential campaign's civic engagement policy group, was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council on Community Solutions.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a recipient of their Graduate of the Last Decade alumni award. He was selected by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, has been recognized by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the country, and is a recipient of Fast Company magazine's Social Capitalist Award for innovation. He lives in Milwaukee with his partner and five children.

Learn more at www.publicallies.org and www.everyoneleads.org

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