Center for Integrative Leadership
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About the Center

"In the twenty-first century a new vision of leadership is needed more than
ever. Leaders must integrate knowledge and talent from individuals in
the private, not-for-profit, and government sectors to advance the
common good."

— Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman, Carlson




The Center for Integrative Leadership, (CIL), is dedicated to examining and advancing a new vision for cross-sector leadership that will be highly effective at tackling the challenging issues - the grand challenges - of our time.

CIL is a premier forum for the study of leaders and leadership that crosses sectoral and geographic boundaries. This work results in processes, programs and initiatives that, coupled with community engagement, apply integrative leadership in practical, effective ways. We engage in collaborative teaching, community outreach, and research initiatives with other University centers, and external community partners. We believe that the practice of integrative leadership has the greatest potential to advance the common good.

For a concise overview of the Center for Integrative Leadership and its benefits, download our “Time to Lead” brochure in PDF form.pdf CIL Brochure

CIL Time to LeadBrochure

pdf CIL Brochure

Fast Facts: CIL and University Students

pdf CIL Brochure

Fast  Facts: CIL and Community Partnerships


The Center for Integrative Leadership’s mission is to foster cross-sector and boundary-spanning leadership to address significant societal challenges for a greater good.

Leadership to Address Grand Challenges and Advance the Common Good

The center convenes thought leaders and practitioners from diverse disciplines to propose new models and methods for dealing with such complex issues as food safety and security, environmental protection, health care, public education, free trade,  and sustainable community economic development.

The Center for Integrative Leadership is a University-wide initiative located at the University of Minnesota. The Carlson School of Management, the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, the Law School and the College of Education and Human Development share oversight of the center.


"Society's challenges merit new initiatives focused on collaborative and integrative leadership that cross fields and sectors to confront issues and turn them into opportunities for mutual gain."

— Robert Bruininks, President Emeritus, University of Minnesota