Collaborative Leadership

18th October 2013

How does a leader who has not been effectively collaborated with, learn to be a collaborative leader?

I am starting to realise this is the dilemma for the leadership of many organisations. Whilst they intellectually get the need to engage their people, in a collaborative way, many of them have been raised with ‘old style’ command and control leadership.

It’s like in families – we learn many of our social skills whilst we are children, through interactions with our families and our friends. In organisations, leaders grow up through the ranks, learning most of their skills through experiencing other leaders. If they never experience what it like to be effectively collaborated with during their early management years, then they are left making it up when they reach leadership status.

This seems to be causing a big tension in organisations where new generation managers are pushing the leadership to be more collaborative, but the leaders don’t even know what good looks like.

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