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 Oasis Person-Centered Model

The oasis person-centered model

The most fundamental difference between the Oasis Center's approach to participatory management and other participatory-management approaches is possibly the biggest reason for its success. At Oasis, the staff member is as important as the client. This organization is as committed to the development of the center associate as it is to the development of the troubled teen-ager and family who are the objects of organizational commitment. This point should not be under-emphasized, because it so radically departs from traditional management philosophies and from many other participatory models. As you encounter the Oasis person-centered model in the following pages, you will come upon almost countless references to the importance that they place on providing attention and resources to the ...

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