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Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up

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Praise for Everyone Leads

"If America is going to continue to thrive in the twenty-first century, we must strengthen our sense of community. In Everyone Leads, Schmitz lays out the challenges for those of us who have a passion to make a difference and, more important, the strategies to spark lasting change from the grassroots up. His unique perspective and experience make this a must-read for community activists."—Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone

"This moment in history demands that we stop waiting for others—especially others living in Washington, D.C.—to solve the problems and right the wrongs of our times. Now, more than ever, we must mine the most underutilized resource available to us: We the People. Everyone Leads shows us how."—Arianna Huffington, president and executive editor, Huffington Post Media Group

"Social change has always come from the leadership of the many, not the few. Everyone Leads shows us how we can all step up and contribute to social change."—Tavis Smiley, author, broadcaster, philanthropist

"Every nonprofit can learn from Public Allies' example that the leadership we need to solve problems exists within our communities. Everyone Leads is a guide to inclusion, collaboration, and community building that will inspire readers to see leadership and opportunity in places we don't usually look."—Sterling Speirn, CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

"Schmitz has produced the road map we need for this 'all hands on deck' moment when we need a new spirit of collaborative leadership and action to face the problems of our day. Reading this book, we are not surprised that Michelle Obama learned from Public Allies how to build leaders and build communities."—Harris Wofford, former United States Senator, and CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service under President Bill Clinton

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Preface1
  3. Webpage
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Dedication
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Introduction
    1. Overview of the Chapters
  11. Part One: ABOUT PUBLIC ALLIES AND THE CONCEPT THAT EVERYONE LEADS
    1. 1: COMING TO THE CONVICTION THAT EVERYONE LEADS
      1. Our Mission: Changing the Face and Practice of Leadership
      2. The Story of Public Allies
    2. 2: MY LEADERSHIP JOURNEY
      1. Starting Out
      2. If I Can, So Can You
    3. 3: THE TRADITION AND FUTURE OF THE CONCEPT THAT EVERYONE LEADS
      1. Leadership from the Community Up: History and Current Trends
      2. Everyone Leads: A Survey of Recent Leadership Theory
      3. The Bottom Line: Everyone Can Lead and Practice Leadership Values
    4. 4: THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LEADERSHIP
      1. Stepping Up
      2. Working with Others
      3. The Responsibility Virus
      4. The Five Core Values
  12. Part Two: THE FIVE CORE PUBLIC ALLIES LEADERSHIP VALUES
    1. 5: RECOGNIZING AND MOBILIZING ALL OF A COMMUNITY'S ASSETS
      1. The Proverbial Glass: Half Empty and Half Full
      2. From the Proverbial Glass to Community Practice
      3. The Needs Map
      4. Identifying and Mobilizing Assets
      5. Community Residents
      6. Associations and Social Capital
      7. Institutions
      8. Two Solutions, Two Paths
      9. Abundant Communities
      10. Applying the Model at Public Allies
      11. Recruitment and Selection
      12. Service
      13. Leadership Development
      14. The Cornerstone Value
    2. 6: CONNECTING ACROSS CULTURES
      1. E Pluribus Ouch!
      2. Diversity
      3. Power, Privilege, and Oppression
      4. Inclusive Leadership
    3. 7: FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE ACTION
      1. Personality and Leadership Styles
      2. Feedback, Leadership, and Collaboration
      3. Team Service Projects
    4. 8: CONTINUOUSLY LEARNING AND IMPROVING
      1. Focus on Individual and Group Learning
      2. Use of Diversity
      3. Clear, Relevant Objectives
      4. Blend of Activities
      5. Individual Development, Coaching, and Feedback
      6. Feedback
      7. The Gift Seat
      8. Asking for Help
      9. Critical Reflection and Presentations of Learning
    5. 9: BEING ACCOUNTABLE TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS
      1. Being True to Ourselves
      2. Being Accountable to Those We Work With
      3. Being Accountable to Those We Serve
      4. True Integrity
  13. Afterword
    1. Putting the Pieces Together to Lead
  14. Notes
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. Chapter One
    3. Chapter Two
    4. Chapter Three
    5. Chapter Four
    6. Chapter Five
    7. Chapter Six
    8. Chapter Seven
    9. Chapter Eight
    10. Chapter Nine
    11. Afterword
  15. The Author
  16. Public Allies
  17. Index