Using a compass for planning our collaborative actions

Life is about evolutionary change. Leadership challenges in the outer world are always opportunities to grow – as a person, but also as a leader who is dedicated to making a difference for the world of tomorrow in collaboration with others.

People who lead collectively venture into the unknown. They take the road less travelled if it leads to innovation and the testing of new approaches. They are visionaries who keep a sense of wholeness alive and connect with future possibilities. They find innovative solutions and consensual agreements through diverse perspectives and respect for difference and inspire others to engage with an emotionally compelling goal. They are masters of relationship management and create a context of trust and continuity. They focus on tangible results through consensus-building and collective action. They deal with conflicts and crises constructively and know that they are in fact often pathways to innovation.

The qualities of Collective Leadership for Sustainability lie in all of us – let’s foster them and continue our learning journey for a better future together. In taking bold steps towards better co-creation we enhance our individual contribution to sustainability and the positive impact of groups or whole systems of actors. When we walk towards a common goal together with fellow-travellers we may notice how we change – and so do the goals. They take a different shape, grow bigger, and become more appropriate to what the future needs. This happens through encounter and contribution of people who join the journey.

The Collective Leadership Compass empowers individual leaders to unfold their potential to contribute to sustainability in collaboration, it enhance their self-efficacy. But also teams, organisations and co-operation systems (networks, initiative, partnerships, platforms etc.) can make the compass work for them. At each level there is an inward aspect – looking at how the individual develops and how people in the team, the organisation, the co-operation systems act with each other. The outward aspect looks at how we enact the future in collaboration with others.

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