ICL Tools & Readings

ICL Tools & Reading

During 30 years of coaching, consulting, training and study, ICL has developed practical tools and training resources to help you make change happen collaboratively!

Here are some of the tools that make ICL a national resource for Collaborative Leaders.


Collaborative Leadership: Developing Effective Partnerships for Communities & Schools, 2nd edition

Here’s what a few great leaders have said about the bestselling Collaborative Leadership: Developing Effective Partnerships for Communities and Schools:

“. . . (Hank’s) right on target for the thoughtful nonprofit leader . . . he’ll make you think and help you succeed!”

Dr. Carl C. Bell, formerly Univ. of Illinois and President & CEO, Community Mental Health Council

“. . . reminds me of my good pal Dr. Earnest Boyer . . . (with) that special forward-looking thinking of a great collaborative leader.”

Robert J. Danzig, author of The Leader Within You and former Senior Executive of Hearst Newspapers

“. . . outstanding, comprehensive, insightful, clear and brief . . . ”

Sandy Boyd, former president of the University of Iowa and the Field Museum of Natural History

“. . . Hank is, once again, at the portal of a new area of (leadership development) . . . Lord knows, we need to understand, learn, and teach young and aspiring public leaders how to build and manage their relationships with other public leaders.”

US Congressman Danny K. Davis, US House of Representatives, 7th District, Illinois

“Hank Rubin is at it again. Collaboration Skills for Educators and Nonprofit Leaders … is a little volume with a potentially big payoff for thoughtful practitioners … The focus here is on accomplishing tangible results, making a difference and completing our work in the public realm. Rubin sees our jobs as revolving ‘around building villages of support to raise children.’ His book can help us be successful in that mission.”

Peter Carparelli for The School Superintendents Association, The School Administrator

“This reader-friendly and useful book details convincingly the need for collaboration in educational leadership and provides practical suggestions and tools for leaders who choose to collaborate to accomplish important goals they cannot achieve on their own. “

National Association of Secondary School Principals (Anne Wescott Dodd). NASSP Bulletin

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Leadership Change Model

What are the essential steps of leading for change?


The Power of Words: Leadership's Working Definitions

A jumpstart for building a shared vocabulary for public change initiatives.

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ICL's Collaboration Audit

A step-by-step Q & A for building a new – or diagnosing and fixing an existing – collaboration.

Collaboration’s Life Cycle

This groundbreaking graphic tool describes the parts and pieces of a dynamic and successful collaboration ~ all in one place.

11 Principles of Relational Leadership

If you reflect on just these principles, you’ll be an effective collaborative leader.