Factors of Leadership Attitude Enhancing Interregional Collaboration
Interregional collaborative actions led by visibly focused and determined lead actors with a well-defined governance structure are more likely to be successful in attaining their objectives. Thus, this research proposes to examine the role of good governance and leadership contribute to the overall sustainability and viability of interregional initiatives. Accordingly, the paper explores how the leadership of the cross-border partnerships effect the motivation and commitment within the partnership by comparing attitudes of leaders and participants to explore the potential for more effective operation. The assessment framework has been developed with the aim to assist leading stakeholders of interregional collaborative actions to ensure efficiency, sustainability and success of their projects in achieving their objectives. The proposed assessment framework highlights areas of leadership where adjustments or changes are needed in order to contribute to the viability of cross-border collaborative efforts, examining the motivational and attitudinal indicators. Regularly assessing the impact of leadership on the motivation and commitment of actors across participating entities contributes to the efficiency and sustainability of collaborative actions by signalling issues of motivation and commitment. Through such assessment, specific areas can be highlighted, where there is lack of motivation and commitment towards the partnership, the leadership, the team and the work itself. Through regular re-assessments, effects of leadership practices or previous decisions can be measured. The assessment framework has been developed in a way that it can be applied to any collaborative actions that have a well-defined governance structure with designated leadership.