Lesson 4 - Presence: the heart of collaborative leadership
Presence: the heart of collaboration
Watch this video and begin to reflect on your own leadership in collaborative groups.
In collaboration a leader isn’t a dictator with all the answers but the person who shows up and takes initiative. You can take initiative in different ways depending on your role in the group. And we speak about three levels of leadership:
Sponsor – their leadership is in setting something in motion, giving clear parameters and priorities, supporting from above.
Owner – their leadership is in holding responsibility for delivery, putting in place the way the group works, nurturing the group.
Contributor – their leadership is in bringing the fullness of their experience, supporting others to contribute, giving their energy.
Whatever your role in a particular collaboration, you should consider yourself a leader. It's on each of us to influence the movement of the group towards the shared goal. And a sponsor, an owner and a contributor all play their part.