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.
Chapter 3: Person-Centered Leadership
Person-centered leadership is a unique form of participatory management that directs as much attention to the individual as to the team, requires senior leadership to be responsible for empowering people at all levels of the organization, and develops quality through continuous attention to organizational culture and system processes (c.f., Arnold & Plas, 1993; Briskin, 1998; Pfeffer, 1998; & Plas, 1996). Person-centered leadership tends to operate somewhat differently from organization to organization because its successful execution depends upon the specific individuals who implement it and the unique culture in which it is developed. If person-centered leadership is a special form of participatory management, however, what are its unique features? How does this approach differ from other participatory models? Why might this management be ...