Jun 4

Boundary Spanning Leadership – What’s It All About

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In a twist to current thinking about our global, interconnected society, Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason, Authors of Boundary Spanning Leadership argue the world may be boundless and flat, but that human relationships are bounded and confined by powerful limits.

The most important challenges we face today are interdependent – they can only be solved by groups working collaboratively together. For businesses, governments, organizations and communities to solve current problems and realize new opportunities, leaders must think and act beyond current group boundaries and identities.

Boundary Spanning Leadership is the capability to create direction, alignment, and commitment across boundaries in service of a higher vision or goal. It begins with a new understanding of vertical, horizontal, stakeholder, demographic and geographic boundaries. It can be accomplished through six-boundary spanning practices. Buffering. Reflecting. Connecting. Mobilizing. Weaving. Transforming. And it leads to new possibilities and inspiring results that groups can realize together above and beyond what they can achieve on their own.

Backed by the latest Center for Creative Leadership research, Boundary Spanning Leadership takes the reader on a journey around the world to see how boundary spanning leaders are navigating today’s unfamiliar terrain and helping others to adapt and thrive in complex and uncertain times. Complete with stories from the frontline, concrete examples, and actionable tools, the book provides practical guidance for leaders to apply the six-boundary spanning practices in their own lives and organizations. In developing this new approach, leaders will be able to turn today’s borders into tomorrow’s frontiers to solve problems, create innovative solutions, and to transform their organizations for success in a flat world.

So I close with three questions.

  1. Are expected business results not being achieved?
  2. Is your organization facing internal cultural challenges that make business results difficult to achieve?
  3. The solution? Meet with me. Let’s talk about developing and implementing a Boundary Spanning Leadership plan.

Donna Chrobot Mason, [email protected]
Senior Partner
RCSN Leadership Services
The Strategy for Great Leaders