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"The Paths to Leadership in Community Change"

A central goal of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Rebuilding Communities Initiative, a comprehensive community development partnership of the 1990s, was to put in place a sustainable leadership team capable of moving forward with a common vision.

Achieving this collaborative leadership style would require strategies that differed from the entrepreneurial and confrontational styles of community organizing that had been successful in the past. 

Those involved in the initiative found a new leadership theory, the situational leadership approach, to be applicable to neighborhood transformation: situational leadership theory defines leadership as the capacity to assess a social or political situation and to select a leadership style that is most appropriate.

In addition to offering new theories and strategies for community leaders, the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlines five key lessons for funders trying to implement a comprehensive or collaborative approach to community building.

Download the full report here.

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