Collaborative Leadership: Facilitating the Process
Duration: Six (6) days
There are many styles and approaches to leadership – one of these is collaborative leadership. The collaborative leader is not necessarily “in control of the group.” However, they have the responsibility for guiding and coordinating the process by which the group decides upon and carries out actions to accomplish its goals. Collaborative leaders operate from the premise that "...if you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways, with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization or community." This approach is practiced in public and private sector organizations with great success as well as in community coalitions and initiatives. The skills needed for success can be 100% learned.
Who should attend?
Establishing relationships and building on them is at the heart of collaborative leadership. This certificate is for leaders who want help with buy-in, more involvement in implementation, trust building, elimination of turf issues, access to more and better information and ideas, better opportunity for substantive results, generation of new leadership and organizational empowerment. It will be of particular interest to those:
- currently in or aspiring to be in a leadership position in their organization
- who want to explore a collaborative approach to leadership and learn when to choose this approach and how to be successful in leading this way
- who want to develop a tool box of facilitation and communication skills to support their collaborative leadership
Participants will be able to:
- Examine their present leadership style, skills and plan for their individual growth as they move forward on their leadership journey
- Understand the process of collaborative leadership and when it is most appropriate for a group or goal(s)
- Recognize the major benefits and challenges with taking a collaborative leadership approach
- Develop the facilitation skills necessary to successfully lead the collaborative process - from clarifying the opportunity or problem, identifying possible ways forward through to making decisions
- Create a skill set for building the context/culture to support collaboration, change and mediate conflict
- Understand and apply a large variety of effective communication tools which support collaborative leadership