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Collective Leadership

collective leadership

Collective Leadership involves uniting people to address complex issues through collaborative processes. Success is maximized by working collectively across diverse groups, emphasizing equity, and incorporating the voices of those most affected. Effective collective leaders prioritize trust-building, power navigation, deep engagement, and the development of impactful collaborative governance practices.

Collective Impact course

Online Course

foundations of collective impact

This course will introduce you to the key elements of the Collective Impact Framework. Over the course’s six, self-directed, modules you will be guided to assess and build readiness for Collective Impact within your community; and create an action plan to mobilize the multisector input and commitment needed to develop, implement, and sustain a successful Collective Impact Initiative.  

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Resource Series

Collaborative Leadership and Governance Series

This collection of articles and papers will help inform both the process and people aspects of effective collaboration, and provide you with a wide range of practical ideas and resources for pushing your own work forward.

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The traditional concept of leadership is that of the heroic leader – they have a vision, they assert it, they persuade us, and they gain followers. Collective leadership turns that concept upside down.

 

getting started

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Making Sense of the Multiple Faces of Leadership

Navigating change

Leadership for Navigating Uncertainty

Sustainability

Sustainability and Resilience Resource Series

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Building an Accountability Matrix to Guide Your Collaboration
 

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meet the director

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leads our Skills for Change practice area. Skills for Change advances community change efforts by focusing on five strategic areas including collaboration, collective leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum.  

 

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Current Themes Being Explored: 
 

  • Collective Leadership
  • Collective Governance
  • Building Your Adaptive Leadership Capacity
  • Navigating in a Post-Pandemic World
  • The Human Side of Collective Leadership: Exploring Power, Courage and Love

ARTICLE | Building Authentic Connections for a More Equitable Future
ARTICLE | The Four Actions to Create an Asset-Based World
ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
ARTICLE | Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
Collaborative Leadership and Governance Article Series
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
Our Rebrand and Website Launch
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
Empowering youth through free transit
Empowering youth through free transit
 Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Harnessing the power of networking: The case of the National Table of Community Development Corporations
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
Shannons Story Blog (1)
from Stable to unstable: Shannon’s Story of deepening poverty
From Apathy to Action How Deep Canvassing Ignites Climate Engagement
from apathy to action: how deep canvassing ignites Climate Engagement
The Impact of the Words We Use
The Impact of the Words We Use
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
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Freedom Is a Must: Moving Beyond Black History Month
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The collective leadership premise is:

"If you bring the appropriate people together as peers, in constructive ways with good context and content information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization and community."

David Chrislip and The Collaborative Leadership Fieldbook

Each component of the premise is important:

  • You must bring the appropriate people together as peers – the collaboration must be broadly inclusive
  • You must bring people together in constructive ways – design the process so that it can deal with different understandings of the issues, varying degrees of trust, and so that the process encourages people to work together
  • Good context and content information is critical to good decision-making – Involve citizens, specialists and field practitioners alike to co-create solutions

get in touch

We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.

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