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Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference by Todd Pittinsky

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Creating Common Ground

Propositions About Effective Intergroup Leadership

Rosabeth Moss Kanter Harvard Business School

Intergroup leadership is finding common ground and helping everybody enter with similar opportunity. This, ironically, allows people to differentiate themselves as individuals. Because individuals are part of a whole that can work together effectively, their differences can be enriching.

—Rosabeth Moss Kanter

THE DYNAMICS of divisiveness are well known. Identities of individuals and groups are formed, in part, by contrast to “others” who are viewed as “different.” People feel that they belong “inside” a relationship because others are “outside” of it, constituting strangers to be feared, lesser beings to be shunned, or ...

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