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date: 15 December 2019

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Integrative public leadership refers to the work of integrating people, resources, and organizations across various boundaries to tackle complex public problems and achieve the common good. The theory of public integrative leadership has been developed relatively recently and draws from research on cross-sector collaboration, corporate social responsibility, and collaborative public management, as well as from practice theory. This chapter explores the development of integrative leadership theory and discusses key integrative leadership practices. Two cases—the creation of a geographic information system (GIS) for a U.S. region and a global campaign to eradicate polio—illustrate the practices. The chapter also considers implications for leadership development and emphasizes the need to learn from unsuccessful as well as successful efforts to lead across sector, cultural, and geographic boundaries.

Keywords: public integrative leadership, collaborative leadership, cross-boundary leadership, interorganizational leadership, common good, leadership practice, practice theory

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