This course will provide a framework for exploring collaborative leadership.
You will be introduced to new ways of looking at collaboration and partnership; the many forms it can take, the barriers and enabling factors, why it often entails a shift of mindset or paradigm, the stages or lifecycle of successful collaboration, the kinds of collaborative leadership capacities we need to grow.
This course includes practical exercises to develop some of these ideas, and create a personal roadmap for taking your approach forward after the course.
Colalborative leadership is a fast emerging field.
We will look at international case studies, for example in the fields of climate change and energy systems, biodiversity loss and ecosystem restoration, shifting the ways that financial systems work and how businesses are working with their supply chains. We will also look at the interconnectivity that is often present between different sectors and systems.
You will be encouraged to share examples from other fields that you have experience in, or are familiar with, such as health and wellbeing, education, social justice or governance.
Dates, Time and Delivery
This course will be delivered over five days, with 3x 90-minute sessions per day.
The dates are Tuesday 18 January, Thursday 20 January, Tuesday 25 January, Thursday 27 January, and Tuesday 1 February, with sessions from 11:00-12:30, 13:00-14:30 and 15:00-16:30.
This is a ‘virtual classroom’ course.
To replicate the experience of a classroom, the sessions are ‘live’ and are not recorded.
Session 1 - Tuesday 18 January (11:00-12:30) - Why collaborative leadership is so important now and is a fast emerging field
Session 2 - Tuesday 18 January (13:00-14:30) - The different forms it can take: from informal exploratory meetings to forums, partnerships, multi-stakeholder engagement, coalitions and networks
Session 3 - Tuesday 18 January (15:00-16:30) - The barriers to successful collaboration and collective impact
Session 4 - Thursday 20 January (11:00-12:30) - The skills and capacities we need to grow and how do we do the capacity building
Session 5 - Thursday 20 January (13:00-14:30) - Different stages in collaboration: taking a life cycle approach and working with emergent processes
Session 6 - Thursday 20 January (15:00-16:30) - Understanding the dynamics and pathways to collective action and outcomes
Session 7 - Tuesday 25 January (11:00-12:30) - Creating and sustaining a powerful field for action
Session 8 - Tuesday 25 January (13:00-14:30) - Working with collective intelligence: the human kind
Session 9 - Tuesday 25 January (15:00-16:30) - Fostering creativity and ideation to generate solutions or build something new
Session 10 - Thursday 27 January (11:00-12:30) - Taking a systemic perspective and seeing the broader landscape or ecosystem
Session 11 - Thursday 27 January (13:00-14:30) - Thinking outside the box and re-imagining future possibilities
Session 12 - Thursday 27 January (15:00-16:30) - Creating alignment and synergy in the vision, motivations, values, timeframes, goals, strategy, target setting, metrics, responsibilities
Session 13 - Tuesday 01 February (11:00-12:30) - Going deeper: beyond collaboration to co-creation
Session 14 - Tuesday 01 February (13:00-14:30) - The power of narrative and storytelling within the collaborative framework and beyond
Session 15 - Tuesday 01 February (15:00-16:30) - Concluding review of the collective learning and planning your personal pathway forward
The course will include a mix of interactive presentations, practical and experiental exercises and reflective practices to crystallise personal and collective learning.
You will have access to a collaborative platform, to use as a social and interactive space to share ideas and network.
This course would be beneficial to:
- Leaders or and managers who have responsibility for partnerships and collaborations.
- Managers and leaders interested in innovation processes.
- People who see the need for collaboration and joint action beyond their current role or responsibility, for something new to happen, and are looking for ways forward.
- People in a variety of roles who understand that effective and timely solutions are only going to emerge from new ways of getting things done; such as working for system change and transformation through collaborating across organisations, sectors or geographies to facilitate positive change.
This course would also apply if:
- You may are working in an organisation or partnership that spans several sectors e.g. impact investment, that wants to have a positive impact within its wider ecosystem.