Leadership made practical

Leadership made practical

One of the forces driving the successful implementation of  projects is leadership. To make this often abstract topic more tangible and applicable we developed a practical leadership framework. The framework distinguishes between various leadership functions which together contribute to climate change adaptation: the political–administrative, adaptive, enabling, connective, and dissemination functions. Each function requires the execution of specific leadership tasks which can be performed by different types of leaders, such as positional leaders, ideational leaders, sponsors, boundary workers, policy entrepreneurs, or champions. The framework can be used to analyse or monitor the emergence and realization of specific leadership functions and to specify the need for strengthening particular functions in practices of climate adaptation.

The framework and its application in several regional cases is described in an article in the Journal of  Water and Climate Change (forthcoming: Meijerink, Stiller, Carina, Keskitalo, Scholten, Smits and Van Lamoen: The role of leadership in regional climate change adaptation: A comparison of adaptation practices initiated by governmental and non-governmental actors). A short description (in Dutch) is available in the Knowledge for Climate publication ‘Governance van klimaatadaptatie’ (download from http://kennisvoorklimaat.klimaatonderzoeknederland.nl/zoeken/item/10848204/Boekpresentatie-Governance-van-klimaatadaptie-Handelingsperspectieven).

In July 2014 the framework was used as a tool for stakeholder participation in a workshop for the development of a Regional Water Plan in North-Brabant (The Netherlands).