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Collaborative Leadership: Developing an Empowered and Agile Organization

Collaborative leadership. A group of leaders and staff standing together collaborating.

Develop a more collaborative leadership style so you can lead a more flexible, team-centric, and responsive organization.

What You'll Learn

Why is collaborative leadership important? As the business landscape becomes increasingly dynamic and new players enter the market, successful companies are tasked with building their capacity for agility, adaptability, and speed in order to maintain competitive advantage. Business leaders globally are responding by transitioning from a hierarchical organizational structure to more flexible, team-centric models that foster collaboration, information sharing, and empowerment. We call this the responsive organization. With this shift, companies have realized improved productivity, better employee engagement, and increased revenues. In addition, given the increase in remote work, the need to understand how to enable empowerment, decentralized control, and greater collaboration become even more important.

In this leadership training program, you will explore the current evolution of organizational design from traditional, command-and-control models to a system of empowered networks—and learn about the opportunities to increase your business performance by introducing principles of responsive organizing in your teams and organization.

Through interactive lectures and engaging group exercises, you will cultivate essential collaborative leadership competencies, and gain the conceptual framework, vision, and tools you need to effectively incorporate these principles.

Note: All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded.

Program Benefits

  • Develop a new, collaborative leadership style
  • Gain critical insights about broad macro-level shifts in organizational design from traditional, command-and-control organizational structure towards a team-centric structure organized for autonomy, agility, and purpose
  • Acquire a reliable framework to introduce principles of responsive organizing at a pace suited to your organization’s capabilities
  • Learn how to build in individual and team accountability with effective performance management tools
  • Create a desirable work culture that attracts and retains high-performing talent, empowers employees, and values entrepreneurship
  • Harness the power of leading, self-management models to maximally utilize employee skills, increase productivity, and capture new organizational value
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

What are the new models of responsive organizing? 

  • Types of organizational structure
  • Functions and dysfunctions of traditional hierarchical organizations
  • Alternative models to hierarchy (including organic forms, cross functional teams, holacracy, collaborative leadership development)
  • Benefits and challenges responsive organizing

Preparing to lead empowered teams

  • Assumptions of how traditional managerial hierarchy “works”
  • Shifting from boss to coach
  • Tactics and tools for empowering staff while maintaining accountability

Tapping into collective intelligence

  • Conventional barriers to collaboration and collective intelligence and the problems with traditional (hierarchical) group dynamics
  • How to design and facilitate more collaborative and effective meetings
  • Tools for effective group decision-making

Managing the shift to responsive organizing

  • Barriers and resistance to self-management in yourself and others
  • From passion to purpose—presenting the business benefits of self-managed models to gain stakeholder buy in

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for both organizational leaders and managers across all industries and functional areas charged with managing teams or business units who are looking to build collaborative leadership competencies; gain a framework for implementing self managed teams; or to innovatively enact a new organizational structure prepared for changing market forces.

This offering is also designed to help HR professionals, internal consultants, and others involved with organizational design and implementation.

Certificates of Leadership Excellence

The Certificates of Leadership Excellence (CLE) are designed for leaders with the desire to enhance their business acumen, challenge current thinking, and expand their leadership skills.

This program is one of several CLE qualifying programs. Register today and get started earning your certificate.

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