Collaborative Leadership Characteristics

I recently wrote a short blog regarding collaborative leadership because many of my clients are interested in creating joint ventures or collaborative partnership models where each group can maximize their talents and resources while working towards a unified vision.  This blog encapsulates the key steps for this process.

By Dave Kaster for The Mentors Guild.

In May of 2013, The Coaching Collaborative posted an article that discussed collaborative leadership in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  This short blog attempts to hi light some of the points made in the article regarding collaborative leadership and its characteristics.

In short, collaboration can be thought of as working together towards a common goal.  But the level of working together is what defines it as collaboration or something else. A definition of collaborative leadership that the Coaching Collaborative likes has been described by Turning Point, an initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson and W.K. Kellogg Foundations:


  • It is leadership shown by a group that is acting collaboratively to solve agreed upon issues.
  • It uses supportive and inclusive methods to ensure that all people affected by a decision are part of the change process.
  • It requires a new notion of power…the more power we share, the more power we possess to use.
Accordingly, the key elements for leading a collaborative process include:
  • Assessing the environment for Collaboration
  • Creating Clarity, Visioning and Mobilizing
  • Building Trust
  • Sharing Power and Influence
  • Developing people
  • Self Reflection
Adapted from: “Collaborative Leadership and the Pharmaceutical Industry“, by Pedram Alaedini and Iva M. Wilson, Ph. D.

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