What Type of Program Offerings Are Available?

The Collaborative Leadership Project aims to be a clearinghouse for effective collaborative leadership practices, provide training and education in collaborative leadership, and assist interdisciplinary teams in meeting their goals.The following are some programs our Collaborative Leadership Faculty currently offer:

  • Speaker Forum
  • Jumpstarting Collaborative Teams
  • Conflict Mediation Skills
  • Action Learning
  • Diversity Training
  • Self-Assessment
  • Grant Writing Material:

Speaker Forum

Collaborative Leadership Project Faculty are available for speaking engagements for both on and off-campus venues.For most on-campus academic programs we will come into your classes and conduct an experientially-based preview of collaborative practices for no cost.For a fee schedule for off-campus speaking arrangements to your business or organization please contact L-Jay Fine at 278-2629 or

Jumpstarting Collaborative Teams:

In a high performance team, the collective skills are greater than those of the strongest team member.Successful, high performance teams are identified as being consensus driven, speedy, and creative problem solvers.In order to reach this level, groups need to develop in a focused manner. Normative standards often emerge within a few minutes of assembling a group allowing members to fall into potentially low producing roles. Having one of our faculty coach your group into an effective team can not only save time, but garner the most productivity and innovative thinking from your team.

Conflict Mediation Skills:

Conflict mediation and negotiation skills are critical in the collaborative leader’s arsenal. Finding common ground, and redirecting energies, toward effective solutions are tools our Collaborative Leadership Faculty can teach.

Action Learning:

Three elements play heavily into our motivation when involved with teams: task, relationship, and growth.Today’s team members want to work on important performance objectives ( tasks), with people they respect ( relationships), and gain new skills, knowledge and abilities ( growth). An action learning model, furnishes the team with a real-life performance challenge or task, something best tackled collaboratively across disciplines or departments, while team members concurrently learn effective team and leadership processes. The results are two-fold: your organization reaps the reward of a collective approach to solving a relevant problem while the participants hone vital team and leadership skills, thus contributing to the very vitality of the organization by fostering a succession plan for future leadership.

Diversity Training:

Promoting respect, appreciation, and equal treatment of all people is an essential part ofcollaborative leadership. With the intent to be a clearinghouse for effective collaborative leadership practices, the Collaborative Leadership Program interfaces with the Fresno State National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Team.The National Coalition Building Institute International is a nonprofit leadership training organization that works to eliminate prejudice and inter-group conflict on campuses and in communities throughout the world. Its university campus affiliate members are trained to provide a proactive response to discrimination and intergroup conflicts.This response includes individualized diversity and cultural competency trainings, workshops, and consultations. The Fresno State Campus Affiliate consists of a team of students, faculty and staff trained to lead Prejudice Reduction workshops and the Controversial Issues Process. Read more about the NCBI


Effective leaders are self-aware.They understand their strengths and recognize their weaknesses.This process takes a life-time and is profoundly rewarding. As Socrates said, an unexamined life is scarcely one worth living; effective leaders are diligent in fostering their own sense of self.As collaborative leaders we recognize our responsibility to be genuine, authentic, and self-aware, otherwise we potentially sabotage the collaborative process by become blinded by out traits.

Faculty who are certified in delivering and analyzing Myers-Briggs self-assessment instruments and facilitate other introspective/intrapersonal assessments are available.

Grant Writing Material:

Funding agencies recognize that today’s problems are not discipline-specific thus requiring across the board thinking and participation.Allow our faculty to assist in your grant proposals by including a collaboration training or jumpstarting your team.By embedding the costs of this training into your grant proposal you will demonstrate to funding directors your commitment to collaboration (What are your thoughts on writing in first/third person?Either is fine from my perspective provided that it is consistent)