Reviewed by Vincent Dublado
A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders: Millennials Assess the Workplace of Today by Don Broadwell is a business framework where everyone in the workplace steps into decision-making roles and contributes to productivity at a higher level. It follows a developmental format that serves as a building block scheme for employers, supervisors, and other leaders to share their decision-making with workers. It begins by tracing the evolution of leadership thought from Lao Tzu up to the Obama-inspired emphasis on collaboration. Basic conditions and the problems that may arise in a collaborative setting are addressed as well as showing what happens when collaborative leading meets situational leadership. Locating your leader base, millennials in the workplace, and thoughts on politics, government, and community complete this guide on leader effectiveness.
This is a timely handbook that needs to be read in the age of globalization. As we are all redefining the authoritarian reputation of workplace leaders, A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders makes for an approachable and hands-on exercise that demonstrates the power of collaborative leading. Don Broadwell provides proven and practical examples that make this book an easy to follow and enlightening guide, as everyone in the workplace is given access to the flow of information that was once a privilege of traditional leadership. Of course, this book doesn’t imply that leaders don’t have to do anything and just watch employees lead themselves - to do so would mean that collaboration wouldn’t yield effective results. This book is highly recommended, as we all need to learn and understand a new style of leadership, one that will harvest the maximum potential and achieve the best possible outcome in a world with a diversity of values and opinions.
Reviewed by Pikasho Deka
With changing times, the way businesses and organizations work is also changing, especially in regard to the workforce. Often touted as too independent and demanding by older generations, millennials form the bulk of the workforce today. And to appeal to the younger generation, new approaches to leadership are required based on collaboration, mutual understanding, and respect. In A Handbook For Collaborative Leaders, Reverend Don Broadwell introduces readers to Dr. Thomas Gordon's six-step collaboration model. Using case studies, Broadwell shows how to look for issues that can be resolved by neutral third parties with full disclosure. The author offers insights on meeting unspoken needs and collaborating without a third-party facilitator. The book also touches upon the role of personal values within an organization or institution and encourages students to practice self-management.
There's a growing need for modern leadership practices to bring out the best in millennials and the younger generations, as traditional leadership models seem to have become redundant with each passing day. This is why books like A Handbook For Collaborative Leaders have become increasingly relevant for our times. Don Broadwell cites examples of ancient philosophers, medieval rulers, and thought leaders to showcase the changing leadership styles throughout history and seeks to help present and future leaders of tomorrow by providing them with the know-how to succeed through collaboration. Everything presented in the book is well-researched, and Broadwell meticulously organizes the contents with a keen eye for detail. All in all, I found the book educational as well as inspiring. Recommended to aspiring leaders of tomorrow working toward bringing change.
Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers’ Favorite
A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders: Millennials Assess the Workplace of Today by Don Broadwell is a timely leadership guide that traces the history and changes in styles of leadership from the Industrial Revolution to the twenty-first century. It examines the shifts that have occurred in recent times, which involve the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and changes in leadership expectations by different generations of employees, and provides insight into how a leader can lead effectively in light of such changes. The book asserts that the main role of leadership is to solve problems. It explores the collaborative model of problem-solving, first developed by Dr. Thomas Gordon in the 1960s, which recognizes the needs of both employees and the management. It also examines different styles of leadership and their relevance to different situations in the workplace.
While reading A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders, I appreciated that the content is applicable to today’s workplace environment. I also found discussions about how the practicality of different leadership styles has changed through the years to be engaging and eye-opening. With leadership becoming a more complex, dynamic role, discussions about the topic need to be clear and relevant. I loved the step-by-step examples included of how a leader can solve different issues that arise. I also appreciated that the book covers leadership within different environments beyond the formal workplace environment. A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders is a must-read for anyone in a leadership capacity who wants to lead successfully. Its discussions are enlightening and practical to current times.
Reviewed by Diana Lopez
Great leaders can adapt to different situations and change approaches when necessary. They act as good examples by demonstrating consistency in their actions and trust in the skills of their peers. However, you are not born a leader; you need to know strategies to create a positive and collaborative work environment. To learn more about this, in A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders, Don Broadwell shares his experience, describes how to act in different situations, and relates anecdotes based on integrity and respect. In addition to his advice, he shares a complete view by providing additional information that allows us to reflect on society. For example, he describes a brief history of leadership and mentions characters from Confucius and Plato to current systems of thought. Don also describes the millennial mentality and society's adaptation from generation to generation.
A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders demonstrates that we all can be good leaders. I liked the systematic way Don Broadwell set out his ideas. He first describes the basics of collaboration. Then he explains how to resolve the most challenging conflicts, such as heated discussions, and he presents practical examples. Sometimes, he relies on diagrams to facilitate understanding. One of my favorite parts is when the author discusses the education system and its societal influence. He shows how the world changes, as do jobs and employment expectations. However, despite the circumstances, a leader is guided by moral principles that focus on the common good. In conclusion, A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders will help develop your professional and personal potential.
Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers’ Favorite
I’m not the leader. You’re not the leader. We are in this together, and together we can produce a solution that is beneficial to your goals and my goals. Don Broadwell explains the collaborative process in Gordon’s Six-Step Model in A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders: Millennials Assess the Workplace of Today. These six steps can be described as defining, brainstorming, evaluating, choosing, implementing, and following up. By reading this book, you will find a much fuller explanation. Collaborating is not always easy, and Don covers various issues that might inhibit the process. This book reviews methods for overcoming obstacles and developing a successful collaboration. Bringing people together takes many forms and can be accomplished using different techniques. This book covers diverse options and allows the reader to select the most suitable application. Let’s move forward collaboratively.
Combining the collaborative style with the Bi-Polar Model can be most successful in working with millennials. Reading and then implementing the knowledge in A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders will enhance your ability to have a good relationship with others. Don Broadwell shares his leadership wisdom with readers. He has years of experience and has written a masterful book. Although short in length, it is most useful. Not only are the steps to using various methods in collaborating with others described, but many examples are used to show these in action. It does not matter how many years you have been in a leadership position. Don shares his expertise so that all can benefit from reading this material. This is a must-read for any leader or leader-to-be.
Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers’ Favorite
Leadership is undoubtedly one of the most important and impactful aspects of any form of society. There have been significant changes in the roles and structures associated with leadership from the times of ancient civilizations (before Christ), the middle ages, and all the way to the twenty-first century. While this may have had its advantages for each member of a leadership system, it has brought about quite a handful of challenges. One of the salient challenges is how to approach or manage the relationship between a leader and his or her subject(s). Don Broadwell believes collaborative leadership is the best approach to leadership in our current era (the millennials and Gen Z era). Find out what he has to say about collaborative leadership and why he believes it is the best solution to the leadership problem in his book A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders.
Don Broadwell’s A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders is a must-read for political and business enthusiasts. Don exhibits impressive and vast knowledge in the subject of leadership. He gives his ideas and opinions while maintaining open-mindedness and professionalism in his work. He takes readers through the history of leadership, detailing its slow and progressive evolution. He engages them in an intensive discourse on what collaborative leadership is and how it works. He backs his ideas with an array of case study materials, historical data, and much more. He incorporates the use of quotes, pictures, and diagrams for elaboration and emphasis purposes. His sentences use a sophisticated yet understandable vocabulary. All this served to broaden my knowledge in the subject as well as leave me insightful. I learned a lot from this book. It is clear that in our era (the millennials and Gen Z era), collaborative leadership is our best shot at a healthy and working leadership system. A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders is an impressive book.
Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers’ Favorite
A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders by Don Broadwell invites readers to take a new approach to teaching or leading teams. After Broadwell gives an overview of the history of leadership, discussing notable leaders and the events that shaped them, he moves on to discuss a way to solve problems that involve equal participation from leaders and those who are led, giving both parties the ability to work together effectively. The book includes extra visuals to clarify certain points and provides steps to help people be more receptive to a new approach. Readers are encouraged to complete their own chart with their favored collaboration styles.
Don Broadwell leads his readers through the best collaboration practices as he includes examples and reveals tips for moving through the process smoothly. He discusses potential hiccups and the way to manage the deviations from an ideal scenario and includes the best approach for working with the generation entering the workforce. The examples are clear and focus on varied situations, appealing to a broader audience. The methods described in the book are useful for people who lead teams and classrooms, but some parents and caregivers may find value in the approaches, especially if there is a power struggle within their family. Readers can feel comfortable about taking Broadwell’s advice, as he has decades of experience in education. A Handbook for Collaborative Leaders is a great selection for any individual as the book can help readers in almost any professional and personal relationship.