We wrote the book on Collaborative Leadership!

Welcome to the Institute for Collaborative Leadership ... a resource for progressive public leaders & partnerships.

(585) 633-1020 info@collaborative-leaders.org

About Us

Our History

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), Toni Smith (then managing partner at Spencer Stuart), 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 improves collaboration and shapes the larger conversation. Our international contribution to understanding leadership, 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:, helping you 

  • plan
  • convene
  • facilitate
  • evaluate
  • troubleshoot
  • revitalize and
  • lead collaborations that work!

Want to build collaboration for collective impact?

Our goals is to improve the collective impact of public leaders and partnerships working to benefit children, families, communities and schools. 

Leadership makes all the difference in the world; collaborative leadership makes that difference together!

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 on call 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.


Send us your email address so we may begin exploring whether, together, we can improve the impact of your collaborative efforts.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Institute for Collaborative Leadership

(585) 633-1020

Who is a collaborative leader?

You are a collaborative leader once you have accepted responsibility for building - or helping to ensure the success of - a heterogeneous team to accomplish a shared purpose. Your tools are (1) the purposeful exercise of your behavior, communication, and organizational resources in order to affect the perspective, beliefs, and behaviors of another person (generally a collaborative partner) to influence that person's relationship with you and your collaborative enterprise and (2) the structure and climate of an environment that supports the collaborative relationship.”   

From ICL'sbestselling book Collaborative Leadership:

a relational model

devoted to collective impact

since 1992.