America's Resource for Progressive Public Leaders
ICL's definition has come to be used internationally by leaders & scholars.
… with added significance in 2020.
ICL provides consultative support to nonprofit, philanthropic, education and government organizations.
We will help you
In some cases, ICL will join your brain-trust in a coaching capacity; helping you strengthen your capacity – and your team’s capacity – to do collaborative leadership right.
ICL Professional Development Workshops build skills and exercise the muscles needed for impactful - even transformational - collaboration and collective impact.
We'll consult with you extensively to tailor training to meet your precise leadership and organizational needs.
Topics for training include:
ICL Founder, Hank Rubin is an Inspiring & Award Winning Speaker & Presenter. Originally trained as a community organizer and teacher, Hank's passion and experience as a public leader and antiracism activist in nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and academic roles breathe life and intelligence into his keynotes and panel presentations.
He'll make you think, challenge your assump-tions, and leave you with new tools and reflections for your leadership.
Speaking topics include:
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 contributions to understanding collaborative leadership and collective impact is documented in dozens of books, scholarly and popular articles, chapters, presentations and endorsements.
Our goal is to improve the collective impact of public leaders and partnerships dedicated to benefiting children, families, communities and schools.
Leadership makes all the difference in the world; collaborative leadership is what we have to do to make that difference together!
ICL will help you convene, engage and motivate the right people in the right way within a sustainable collaboration 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.
- help you establish a Collective Impact initiative … and understand its relationship to collaboration.
- be the catalyst, speaker, facilitator you need to launch or energize, regroup or reorganize, plan or audit your collaboration.
In 2019, ICL joined in partnership with Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives to establish the FREDERICK DOUGLASS CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP. [call us to learn more] Founder, Hank Rubin, has been a thought-leader & advocate for gender & racial justice since the 1980's; from his early service on the US Commission on Civil Rights to his current work as Founding Director of the Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership (an advocacy, training and resource initiative devoted to developing effective antiracist leaders). At the foundation of his national reputation in the field of nonprofit, collaborative and collective impact leadership is a relational paradigm that values the perspective and needs - as well as contributions - of each prospective partner.
". . . (Rubin is) right on target for the thoughtful nonprofit leader . . . will make you think and help you succeed!"
". . . reminds me of my good pal Dr. Earnest Boyer . . . (with) that special forward-looking thinking of a great collaborative leader."
". . . outstanding, comprehensive, insightful, clear and brief . . . "
". . . Hank is, once again, at the portal of a new area of (leadership development) . . . Lord knows, we need to understand, learn, and teach young and aspiring public leaders how to build and manage their relationships with other public leaders."
"Hank Rubin is at it again. Collaboration Skills for Educators and Nonprofit Leaders ... is a little volume with a potentially big payoff for thoughtful practitioners.
The focus here is on accomplishing tangible results, making a difference and completing our work in the public realm. Rubin sees our jobs as revolving 'around building villages of support to raise children.' His book can help us be successful in that mission."
"This reader-friendly and useful book details convincingly the need for collaboration in educational leadership and provides practical suggestions and tools for leaders who choose to collaborate to accomplish important goals they cannot achieve on their own. "
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“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
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