In this article, authors Mark Leach and Laurie Mazur, share some of the insights gleaned from their inquiry into movement networks. The principles and research that they share are fully applicable to networks and partnerships.
They delineate the tensions and challenges that networks confront, and offer some observations on how effective network leaders cope with them.
They also show how those leaders foster a culture and mindset that is conducive to success.
- They address five common network issues:
- Dealing with conflict
- Balancing organizational and network priorities
- Building and sharing leadership
- Consolidating and distributing power, and
- Balancing short-term and long-term goals.
- They frame network leadership challenges in terms of “tensions” between two differing approaches versus “conflicts”. Most network leaders are someplace on the continuum around these issues due to personality, experience, culture, network processes etc.
- They also spend considerable time discussing the need to embrace change while building trust.
Download / Citation
- Mark Leach and Lauri Mazur. Creating Culture: Promising Practices of Successful Movement Networks. NPQ. December 2013.