Become a Collaborative Leader
Written by Geoff Newman on 6/14/2010
Collaborative leadership can be developed among working partners so that they share the ability to control and lead together without any issues. There are many public and private sectors that merge together to build a more reliable infrastructure. Many organisations rely greatly on their partners to deliver services on their behalf. They use each others skills, abilities and services to benefit each other in terms of effective service to joint customers.
Sometimes it is difficult to build up collaborative leaderships as opinions and thoughts always differ, but certain steps can be taken to help develop collaborative leadership.
Being a great collaborative leader is a good thing for your career nowadays. It helps you to understand the common purpose of you and your partner; it enables you to gain skills and abilities that benefit you in the long-run; it is beneficial if you are prepared to handle conflicts when they arise among you and your collaborative partnership; it is a learning process that enables you to work in an environment where besides your organisation there is another organisation and both are responsible in the key decision-making process in a collaborative manner; and it helps you to build up the patience needed for the collaborative process.
Collaborative leadership is not about a single individual or organisation. It involves leadership of more than one individual or organisation and both work hand in hand to accomplish the leadership roles. So, build up relationships within the collaborative partnership to avoid conflicts and other issues. And be very precise and clear about what you have in the whole process: what you have gained or are gaining, what have you lost, and whether the gains are more than the losses or not.