- 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: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressingcommunity problems? It's all around us. Everyone Leads: BuildingLeadership from the Community Up will inspire readers to see newleadership possibilities within themselves and their communities.It also offers a set of practices that will help leaders be moreeffective at bringing diverse people and groups together to solveproblems. While many leadership books today focus on how to leadorganizations, this book is about how to lead communities.
Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies, shares unique experiencesand lessons his organization has learned from two decades ofidentifying and developing thousands of diverse young leadersacross the country. The book is organized around a new definitionof leadership: (1) It is an action everyone can take, not aposition few hold; (2) it is about taking personal and socialresponsibility to work with others on common goals; and (3) it isthe practice of values that engage diverse individuals and groupsto work together effectively. Not everyone can lead in everycontext, but everyone does have the capacity to step up, takeresponsibility, and work with others to make progress on the issuesthey care about.
With inspiring stories and practical examples, the author shareswhat it means to lead today. He tells the story about how thePublic Allies model emerged (including Michelle Obama's importantrole) and demonstrates the organization's approach throughillustrative stories of its graduates and of his own unusualleadership journey. The author surveys America's democratic andcivil rights history, current trends, and leadership theory todemonstrate how collaboration among citizens has always been coreto social change. The book also delves into five leadership valuesessential today: recognizing and mobilizing assets, diversity andinclusion, teamwork and collaboration, continuous learning, andintegrity.
Everyone Leads offers a hopeful path for citizens, policymakers,and nonprofit organizations wanting to build and engage the diverseleadership 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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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. While the book does mention the training and support that Public Allies gives to its affiliates, there is little on the subject of increasing technical competence. Readers who seek this third ingredient to making their organizations more effective may have to look elsewhere.
If you wish to be motivated towards using leader-leader principles, and you are in a non-technical organization, this is a good book for you.
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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