Leading From Within: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership October 15, 2011
The Tightrope Walker Once there was a tightrope walker who performed unbelievable aerial feats. All over Paris, he had done tightrope acts at great heights. He followed his initial acts with succeeding ones, while pushing a wheelbarrow. A promoter in America (sic) heard about this and wrote to him, inviting the daredevil to perform his act over the waters and dangers of Niagara Falls. He added, “I don’t believe you can do it…. 2
The tightrope walker accepted the challenge. After much promotion and planning, the man appeared before a huge crowd gathered to see the event. He was to start on the Canadian side and walk to the American side. Drums rolled and everyone gasped as they watched the performer walk across the wire blindfolded with a wheelbarrow. When he stepped off on the American side, the crowd went wild. Then the tightrope walker turned to the promoter and said, “Well, now do you believe I can do it?” 3
“Sure I do,” the promoter answered.“I just saw you do it.” “No, no, no,” said the tightrope walker. “Do you really believe I Can do it?” “I just said I did.” “I mean do you really believe?” “Yes, I believe!”
“Good,” said the tightrope walker, “then get in the wheelbarrow and we’ll go back to the other side.” Tim Hansel
OUTCOMES Differentiate between cooperation and collaboration Relevant and evolving definition of leadership An awareness of fundamental beliefs and collaborative leadership qualities Ideas for developing collaborative leadership skills & attributes A sequence and description of activities/exercises that can be used to teach & explore collaborative leadership skills
AGENDA Introduction Exploration of collaborative leadership What is Collaboration? What is Leadership? What is Collaborative Leadership? Closing
“We will surely get to our destination if we join hands.” Aung San Suu Kyi Burmese political leader What is collaboration?
Elements of Collaboration (from our sharing after the Alphabet Team activity)
Cooperation Concert, joint action, co-acting, commonality, concurrence, joining of hands, common effort, common enterprise or endeavor
Concur, harmonize, go into partnership with, get together and team up and buddy up, pull together, hold together, hang together, keep together, stand shoulder-to- shoulder Collaboration
The differences between the two groups of words is subtle, but powerful. Cooperation is about doing things together, while collaboration implies a relationship between the people while doing things together.
“You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower US President and General What is leadership?
Traditional Leadership Styles Autocratic Democratic Laissez Faire Situational ® Leadership Stage 1: Directing: Low responsibility, low independence Stage 2: Coaching: Low responsibility, medium independence Stage 3: Supporting: Medium responsibility, medium independence Stage 4: Delegating: High responsibility, high independence
From your experience, and given what we have done, what is leadership to you? Think/Pair/Share
Leadership is a reciprocal process of encouraging and supporting people in the pursuit of goals shared by members of a group, organization, or community. Jack Christ, Chair Leadership Studies Ripon College, Ripon WI Executive Director, Wisconsin Leadership Institute
“Collaboration works when … leaders… keep the process going.” ~ Chrislip and Larson Authors of Collaborative Leadership (1994) What is collaborative leadership?
Think of a person you admire for their leadership skills/qualities. What are those skills/qualities?
Collaborative leadership is a reciprocal process of encouraging and supporting relationships within which people can pursue a variety of shared goals over extended periods of time. Jack Christ, Chair Leadership Studies Ripon College, Ripon WI Executive Director, Wisconsin Leadership Institute
Leadership is a reciprocal process of encouraging and supporting… Collaborative leadership is a reciprocal process of encouraging and supporting… … people in the pursuit of goals shared by members of a group, organization, or community. … relationships within which people can pursue a variety of shared goals over extended periods of time.
Fundamental Beliefs of Collaborative Leadership Everyone has the capacity to lead Leadership comes from within a group Leadership takes place in the context of relationships In order to lead, one must have the opportunity to lead Leadership involves risk taking Leadership involves an action orientation Learning to lead is a journey
Information: Collaborative Leadership Network: www.leadershipskillsandvalues.com www.leadershipskillsandvalues.com Frank, L., Carlen, C. and Christ, J. (2008). Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership. Oklahoma City, OK: Wood ‘N’ Barnes Publishing. GOAL Consulting: www.goalconsulting.org (copy of this powerpoint and 20 page sequence)www.goalconsulting.org LSFrank@mac.com