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Collaborative Leadership requires COURAGE
It takes courage to admit we don’t have all the answers and need help. It takes courage to grapple with the unknown and experiment. Like an artist, it takes courage to accept where you are, warts and all, step back, review and then keep creating. In a world of uncertainty and change, we're going to need 'everyone & everything' to #buildbackbetter. We need collaborative leaders who enable and empower leadership across the organisation.
Collaborative Leadership is the ‘right thing’ for ‘right now’.
In her recently released 'Dare to Lead' podcast Brené Brown says courage is "reachable, observable and measurable". She says courage is actually a collection of four skill sets, which she identifies as:
1.How do we learn how to 'rumble' with uncertainty, how do we lean into vulnerability, tough conversations, difficult feedback, hard decisions..lean in rather than tap out.
2.How do live into our values - actually practice them, not just profess them.
3.How do we talk about trust and build trust - with our teams, colleagues and within ourselves. Self trust is a non negotiable for leading.
4.How do we reset after setbacks and disappointments.
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawa | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast
Yesterday I had the honour and privilege to be in a real face-to-face workshop with a group of amazing senior leaders - our focus for this hui was "Collaborative Leadership".
As I have been reflecting on the kōrero today, I am struck by the "tensions" and "shifts" facing collaborative leaders.
Here are some of the things we talked about...
But mostly, as I reflect, I am struck by the need to embrace and lead with humility.
Ehara taku toa e te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
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Collaboration at a systems level doesn't just happen. It's an intentional choice - and a strategic one.
As I said in my recent APolitical article,
- There has been much global activity across government departments to enable collaboration: policy initiatives, legislative changes, working groups, and strategy documents weaving in collaboration. However, the transformation towards a more collaborative, citizen-focused public sector has yet to materialise. Mostly, these activities have treated collaboration as a buzzword, from which no real change results!
- It’s only when we take an “ecosystem” approach that real change is possible and we are able to focus on optimising the collective impact of individual efforts to deliver shared value.
- I believe the key to unlocking untapped solutions and hope for mankind is to be willing to work collaboratively, across all kinds of differences. I am on a mission to build a collaborative movement that delivers shared value.
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Nazanin Jenkin is a Persian Kiwi - a Persian by descent and a diaspora by circumstance. She lives in New Zealand; along with her husband of thirty years and two surviving, adult children.