217519 Collaborate, connect and lead: A co-leadership approach to enhance public service leadership and cross-section collaboration

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Suzanne Holmes, DPA , School of Public Service Leadership, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
Charles Tiffin, PhD , School of Public Service Leadership, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
The realities of public health leadership demands interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration. The development and implementation of public health strategies and interventions, whether routine or crisis oriented, require communication, commitment and leadership from the fields of public health, public safety and public administration. The adoption of a co-leadership model in a school of public service leadership exemplifies the application of systems-thinking and the importance of cross sector collaboration; enhances the credibility of the school's multidisciplinary curriculum; and provides guidelines to future leaders on how to collaborate, connect and lead across professions, organizations, and communities.

The presentation will highlight the professional experience and skills of a successful co-leadership team, and delineate how this team insures open communication, shared decision-making and the application of shared governance within the organization's structure. Approaches will be identified that have proved successful in generating support from the executive leadership as well as from the multidisciplinary professional workforce to the concepts and managerial realities of a co-leadership model. Opportunities to enhance organizational and program relevancy will be discussed, as well as challenges to lead and make decisions in a rapidly changing internal and external environment.

This session introduces and describes a co-leadership model that builds upon the disciplines of public health, public safety and public administration, and provides insights into how this co-leadership team has enhanced the creation of a value-based public service leadership programs that foster multi-sector collaboration and commitment to address public health concerns and issues.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Gain an understanding of the co-leadership model and the skills, knowledge and attributes of the successful co-leadership team. Delineate strategies that enhance communication, support shared decision-making and supervision, and encourage internal and external stakeholder involvement. Identify the opportunities inherent in a co-leadership model and recommend approaches to adopt this model as a best practice to address public health issues and develop interdisciplinary solutions.

Keywords: Leadership, Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Co-Dean of the School of Public Service Leadership and share leadership responsibilities for a collaborative, multidisciplinary program that incorporates public health, public administration, and public safety. My practitioner and academic background encompasses public health and public administration and my Co-Deanís encompasses public safety and public security. The presentation presents the successful strategies we have developed and implemented.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Capella University Collaborative Public Health Leadership and Educational Innovation Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.