Brokering leadership in complex environments


  • Peter M. Miller University of Wisconsin-Madison



leadership, organization, environment, homeless people


This qualitative study, set in the United States, presents an in-depth analysis of leadership in schools and community-based organizations that helped connect students and families to vital education resources. Data were collected from 132 interviews with those who experienced the social and organizational complexities of homelessness. The findings suggest that brokering leadership supports learning, symbolism, identity development, and responsibility. The study indicates that brokering leadership has promise for cultivating opportunities for those who are traditionally disconnected from important resources and relationships.

Author Biography

Peter M. Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
at the University of Wisconsin, Madison


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