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Breakfast Meeting: Developing Boundary Spanning Leadership Skills

  • 17 Jan 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
  • DoubleTree Suites - Blue Ash, 6300 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 45241


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 Donna Chrobot-MasonThe most important challenges we face today are interdependent – they can only be solved by groups working collaboratively together. For businesses, governments, organizations and communities to solve current problems and realize new opportunities, leaders must think and act beyond current group boundaries and identities. Successful leaders in today’s fast-paced global work environment must develop the capacity to engage in boundary spanning leadership.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify existing boundaries. Five boundary types will be explained. Participants will identify and clarify existing boundaries.
  •  Understand the leadership challenges such boundaries present.
  • Participants will identify their unique boundary spanning leadership challenges and begin to examine such challenges as both a border (limitation) and a frontier (potential).
  • Understand a three stage model for leading across boundaries. Research and theory from psychology and management, as well as research conducted with the Center for Creative Leadership, will be applied to the challenge of leading across boundaries to explain a new leadership model.
  • Understand six leadership practices for transforming limiting borders into limitless frontiers. Based on interviews conducted with over 200 leaders, six practices for boundary spanning leadership were identified. Participants will uncover these six practices and specific tactics for achieving them. Through a series of reflection questions and group discussions, participants will begin to apply each practice to their own boundary spanning leadership challenge.
About the Facilitator

Donna Chrobot-Mason, PhD, is as an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She is a Senior Partner for RCSN, an executive recruiting and leadership consulting firm. Her focus is on leadership across differences and strategies for creating organizational practices, policies, and a climate that support diversity and foster intergroup collaboration.

Donna holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Georgia and is an Adjunct Research Scholar and Trainer at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Donna teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resources, Diversity, and Organizational Leadership. She is also director of the women’s leadership development program at the university, called UC Women Lead. This is a 10-month cohort leadership program that involves a select group of 20 female faculty and staff.

Donna has published articles in such industry-renowned journals as the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, and International Journal of Conflict Management. She serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Her book (co-authored with Chris Ernst), “Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations,” was published by McGraw-Hill Professional in 2010. Since publishing this authoritative research, Donna has been invited to address numerous audiences including the Brookings Institute, FBI, EPA, IRS, Catholic Health Partners, and the International Leadership Association. Donna has also consulted with numerous organizations including Briggs and Stratton, Dayton Public Schools, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Emory University, Milacron, and Forest City Enterprises.

Donna serves on the Board for Children’s Meeting House Montessori School, volunteers to work with preschoolers at her church, and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged in service learning projects to improve the Cincinnati community. Donna lives in Loveland, Ohio with her husband Dave, her son Alex (15), her daughter Emmarie (9), a cat, two dogs, and a hamster.

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