Collaboration as a Management and Leadership Strategy for Local Governments – Fad or Future?

Source: Rosemary O’Leary, Catherine Gerard, Government Finance Review, Vol. 30 no. 4, August 2014
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A survey of local government managers found that 86 percent of respondents said that collaboration was one of their management and leadership strategies, and most were cautiously optimistic about its possibilities. The survey of 1,400 local government administrators across the United States asked them to share their thoughts about their collaboration experiences. This article highlights the most significant findings — that local government officials perceive the advantages of collaboration to include economic benefits, better public services, relationship building, better ideas, and greater buy-in, or employee engagement.