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Collaborative Leadership: Create a Culture to Empower Employees

Collaborative Leadership: Create a Culture to Empower Employees

Learn to lead collaboratively, fostering autonomy, accountability, and agility. Gain the right skills and strategies for today's interconnected work environment, promoting teamwork, adaptability, and empowerment


The way we work is changing fast. We need new ways of organising people and teams, and a fresh approach to leadership. In this workshop you will learn how a team-centric approach works, and how collaborative leadership can create more efficient and effective organisations. With this model, we see that leadership is not what a person in power does. Rather, it is a dynamic process between people that directs and aligns their work. The old top-down hierarchical model of leadership worked well for manufacturing business and command economies after it was taken up in the early 20th century. It was good at applying control and maintaining accountability. But today we are operating in a very different world, where complexity and interconnectedness are increasing exponentially. Today work flows sideways across departments, as much as up and down the chain of command. We now need decisions made quickly and responsibly at all levels. This requires fresh ways of maintaining accountability, fresh approaches to control. The best way to learn these is to experience being one of a team that works within the new collaborative leadership paradigm. In this workshop participants will get just this experience. They will also learn the skills to apply what they learn to their own workplace.

Course Content

  • Alternatives to hierarchical structures – benefits and challenges
  • Barriers to collaboration and teamwork in traditional organisations – and creative solutions
  • Assessing the pros and cons of collaborative process – when it is and is not appropriate
  • Shifting from command-and-control to collaborative leadership structures
  • Maintaining accountability and direction while fostering autonomy and adaptability
  • Encouraging adult-to-adult work relationships, rather than child-to-parent
  • Building, managing and leading teams – the essentials
  • Why most teams don’t work well – how to avoid the pitfalls that undermine collaboration
  • Role-playing in teams and organisations – how it works, and how not to get stuck
  • How to use spoken language to motivate and direct teams and individuals
  • Key lessons from Volvo, Pixar and Disney – strategies for success, from the big players
  • Complexity and Emergence – using ideas from science to deal with change and uncertainty
  • Making failure acceptable – 3M post-it notes, Google glasses and other great failures
  • Introvert and extravert – involving everyone in group process, including the quiet ones

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand how effective teams operate and apply this knowledge at your work
  • create and work in organisational structures that foster accountability and empowerment
  • use spoken communication that enhances teamwork, collaboration and commitment
  • identify and deal with issues that arise when teams come under pressure
  • understand the roles people play in teams and use this understanding in your work
  • facilitate and take part in meetings that are effective and inclusive
  • develop an approach to teamwork that aligns with your values and personal attributes

Benefits to your organisation

  • harness the full potential of your staff by applying new self-management models
  • develop a work culture that empowers employees and attracts high performers
  • avoid the unwanted issues that go with micro-management
  • maximise efficiency through the full use of employee skills and abilities
  • lift engagement and work satisfaction across the organisation

Benefits to you

  • use time at work in a more effective and satisfying way
  • have the tools to identify and deal with teamwork problems
  • adapt your work practice to better suit your abilities and personality
  • build resilience to difficult issues around leadership and collaboration
  • increase confidence when making decisions as part of a team

Collaborative Leadership: Create a Culture to Empower Employees

Date/s, Time & Venue

15 Jul 2024
9:00am - 4:30pm
Online (Virtual Classroom)

Career Stage

Leadership , Managers , Team Members


Leadership & Management

Class Size

Maximum 20



Prices exclude GST and are subject to change

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