Dan Mulhern

Collaborative Leadership

Why and How to Make It Happen

Presidents, Governors, CEOs, Principals, Pastors, Alpha Dogs and Silverback Gorillas…We are understandably spellbound and focused upon the Singular leader, but “pairs” are where it’s at! When A and B work well together, both are better, and their teams thrive.  When A and B are afflicted by tension, confusion, ego-battles, or just lousy communication, they each perform less well and their teams tend to replicate the dysfunction.

When collaboration works, it is wonderful. When it doesn’t work, it can be misery.  And no matter how good or bad our critical partnerships are, we can all move up the spectrum towards effective and enjoyable collaboration.  This workshop will help individuals assess their current (and past) partnerships, help them understand the key inputs toward high-functioning partnerships, and develop strategies to immediately strengthen good relationships and address troubling ones.


Dan Mulhern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of leadership, gender and organizational culture. Mulhern is dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and organizations vigilantly work to mutually promote the strength of family and the productivity of work. Now teaching courses on leadership, gender and work at the Haas School of Business and Boalt Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, Mulhern leverages his experience to offer valuable insight on cultural changes happening in today’s workplaces.

Mulhern co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future with his wife, Jennifer Granholm. The book, a Washington Post political bestseller, discusses leadership during difficult times and periods of intense change, focusing in particular on how Granholm led Michigan out of its major economic meltdown, and the major economic challenges facing American leadership today. Mulhern has published two books on leadership, Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics and Life and Be Real: Inspiring Stories For Leading At Home And Work. For more than thirteen years, Mulhern has been writing an acclaimed blog, “Reading for Leading,” which is received directly by a list of over 10,000 readers.