The Institute for Collaborative Leadership was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit national research, training and consulting center, supporting collaborations and collaborative leaders that benefit the lives of children, families and communities. Original Board members included: Dr. Willard Boyd (then president of the Chicago Field Museum), Dr. Paul Houston (executive director of the American Association of School Administrators), David Wilhelm (later chair of the Democratic National Committee), and Dr. Hank Rubin (then head of Roosevelt University's Public Administration Program).
Our founding mission: "... to construct a rigorous knowledge-base and understanding of collaboration so that education and public sector leaders can learn to build, manage, measure and repair collective efforts that are essential for achieving progressive public outcomes."
ICL's contribution to international dialogues on leadership and the development of a basic scientific understanding of collaboration and collective impact is documented in dozens of books, scholarly and popular articles, chapters, presentations and endorsements.
Today, ICL founder & principal consultant Hank Rubin continues the ICL mission:
to improve the collective impact of public leaders and partnerships dedicated to a progressive agenda in support of children, families, communities and schools.
ICL will help you convene, engage and motivate the right people in the right way within a sustainable structure designed to accomplish change. ICL will ...
- help you plan and convene a new start-up collaboration ... and then stay in touch to help you keep it strong.
- help you strengthen or reboot a collective effort that's grown tired or ineffectual ... and then stay on call if you need help keeping it vital.
- be the catalyst, speaker, facilitator you need to launch or energize, regroup or reorganize, plan or audit your collaboration.
Speaker - Consultant - Mentor - Coach
Hank Rubin, author of Collaborative Leadership: Developing Effective Partnerships for Communities & Schools (Corwin Press), draws on over 25 years of experience, reflection and research. As:
ICL has been a thought-leader for public sector leaders, trainers and educators around the world since 1992. ICL's definition of collaboration has become an international industry standard:
Collaborative leadership and collective impact are both art and science ...
ICL will help you navigate towards success with time-tested and practical tools and principles (including Collaboration's Life Cycle).
ICL's Collaboration Audit is the only tool of its kind that all of us can use right away to plan, build, assess and repair collaborations.
Trainers, teachers and students will find the Audit useful as an outline for curriculum and an instructional tool to measurably improve practice.
That Little Red Wagon Pin has a long history in ICL ...
Designed by Hank Rubin in the 1990's, tboc spells out the paramount purpose of our collective efforts (Why we do our work): The Benefit Of Children!
The little red wagon represents the relational function of progressive collaborative leaders (How we do our work): helping prospective partners see their self-interests and best enduring contributions, help them climb into the wagon and productively align their efforts and outcomes to help achieve the goal(s) that we share.
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Little Red Wagon lapel pins are available through the Institute.
You are a collaborative leader ...
ICL's definition of Collaborative Leader established a relational model for leading collective impact:
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