This book describes an approach to participatory management and leadership that has proven effective for organizations in U.S. and other western countries where people won’t permit teambuilding to develop to the exclusion of individuality. The groundbreaking core of the book shows how this participatory management strategy, Person-Centered Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, can be incorporated with great success into high stress nonprofit organizations. The book describes the leadership philosophy and day-to-day operations of an award-winning social service organization that targets youth and their families while successfully using person-centered strategies as the management model.

The Future of Nonprofit Participatory Management

The future of nonprofit participatory management

As so many (Block, 1987; Deal & Kennedy, 1999; & Mann, 1989) have pointed out, participatory management is here to stay. In fact, participatory management is likely to continue to be the most highly touted management strategy and one of the most heavily relied-upon models of the 21st century. Little question exists, however, that organizations of all sorts have reported a wide range of results on a success-failure continuum. Some participatory models have worked well in certain settings and have stood the test of time. Many more have failed (c.f., Pitt, 1994; Reina & Reina, 1999; & Schrage, 1995).

The Possibilities

The core of all participatory-management models is empowerment (Blanchard, Carlos, & Randolph, 1999; Bracey Rosenblum, ...

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