Bridging Leadership is the type of leadership that is appropriate in promoting multi-stakeholder processes to address societal inequities. It is about leading collaborative action to bring about social change. The leadership acts involves three main segments: Building Ownership of the response, Developing Co-Ownership with other stakeholders and together engaging in the Co-Creation of a new reality (see Figure F-1).
BRIDGING LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK
The bridging leader whose values and principles compel him to make a personal response to address inequities and societal divides recognizes that the complexity of the problem can only be solved by convening the stakeholders to the divide. (Ownership)
Through a process of dialogue and engagement, the stakeholders arrive at a common vision and collective response to the situation. (Co-ownership)
The stakeholders then adopt a social innovation that leads to the societal outcome, and carries it out through new institutional arrangements. The bridging leader and the coalition of stakeholders ensure that these institutional arrangements have clear and measurable goals with the required capability and resources to demonstrate results. They regularly review their
1 Reprinted with permission from the Asian Institute of Management TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership. Originally published at http://bridgingleadership.aim.edu/about/the-center.
FIGURE F-1 The Bridging Leadership Framework.
SOURCE: Asian Institute of Management, n.d.
progress vis-à-vis the desired societal outcome and assess the individual and collective roles and accountabilities in the process. (Co-creation)
Over time, these arrangements become formal processes that lead to a reform-conducive policy environment and responsive programs and services. Other stakeholders are invited to the coalition regularly, and new bridging leaders are developed to sustain the transformation process toward societal equity.
Asian Institute of Management TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership. n.d. Bridging leadership framework. Makati City, Philippines. http://bridgingleadership.aim.edu/about/the-center (accessed September 24, 2014).