The Most Impactful Leaders You’ve Never Heard Of

Network entrepreneurs are ensuring that systems-level, collaborative efforts not only succeed, but thrive.

By Jane Wei-Skillern, David Ehrlichman, & David Sawyer

Collaboration has taken the social sector by storm. Collective impact, social media, and other tools play important roles, ensuring that the right structures, resources, and technologies are in place for groups to successfully work together. But while these approaches have advanced collaboration in practice, we believe that on their own, they are insufficient for achieving transformational change. In the rush toward readily available solutions to social problems, we often overlook a powerful missing link.

In our research and experience, the single most important factor behind all successful collaborations is trust-based relationships among participants. Many collaborative efforts ultimately fail to reach their full potential because they lack a strong relational foundation.

The new leaders at the heart of some of today’s most sophisticated, large-scale solutions to the world’s social problems — network entrepreneurs — are undoubtedly some of the most accomplished leaders that you’ve never heard of, and they are ensuring that systems-level, collaborative efforts not only succeed, but thrive.

Click here to read the full article, via the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Converge — Perspectives

Converge (converge.net) is a team of strategists and designers committed to social and environmental impact. We help build collaborations and networks taking action on issues as diverse as economic mobility, environmental conservation, human rights, and healthcare reform.

David Ehrlichman

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Co-founder of Converge (converge.net), a small team dedicated to helping others build collaborations & networks for social & environmental impact

Converge — Perspectives

Converge (converge.net) is a team of strategists and designers committed to social and environmental impact. We help build collaborations and networks taking action on issues as diverse as economic mobility, environmental conservation, human rights, and healthcare reform.