The Myth of the Hero, Individual Leader

In this podcast New Work Revolution’s Brandon Allen interviews David Trafford about the challenges facing leaders today. The conversation focuses on David’s view that the traditional model of leadership, which is based upon the individual leader, is no longer relevant in today’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, and that today’s challenges and opportunities require greater collective leadership. …

What Is Collective Leadership And Why Is It Important?

When we’re asked the question “why are some organisations better at strategy and change than others”, without hesitation we always answer “because they have greater collective leadership”. It’s simply because we’ve seen this type of leadership in organisations that are more successful at strategy and change, than in those that aren’t. We’re then often asked “which organisations are these?”. The …

Do You Have the Cognitive Skills for Collective Leadership?

In a previous post on Collective Leadership we asked the question ‘Are you Practising Collective Leadership?’ To help answer this question we suggested that you looked for a set of behaviours and assessed the degree to which they were practised across your leadership team. This post asks a complementary question ‘Do you have the cognitive skills needed for these behaviours?’. …

Mediaspace: interview with David Trafford

In this short Mediaspace video interview, David Trafford shares his thoughts on the challenges COVID-19 has brought in respect to developing strategy and delivering change. He also offers three pieces of advice to professionals in the media space who are navigating their way through these challenging times. Watch the full interview.

The Case for Greater Collective Leadership

The last chapter of our book Beyond Default – Setting Your Organization On A Trajectory To An Improved Future is called It All Starts With Collective Leadership. The reason for this is that without collective leadership an organisation has very little chance of having a collective strategy, and without a collective strategy it has very little chance of successfully changing …

Are you Practising Collective Leadership?

Collective leadership is a style of leadership where multiple individuals exercise their leadership roles within a group – and then the entire group provides leadership to the wider organisation. It’s a fluid and flexible approach to leadership, where roles and resultant accountabilities evolve in response to changing circumstances. As a result, the power of a leadership team practising collective leadership …

Operating Principles for Collective Leadership

If you believe your organisation would benefit from greater collective leadership then how can it be established? One of the most effective ways is to introduce a set of operating principles, where an operating principle is a conscious choice about how an organisation has decided to operate. It’s a conscious choice between two, or more, equally valid alternatives. In the …

Ignore Exogenous Forces At Your Peril

The influence of exogenous forces can rapidly change the context within which organisations operate, and the future they can bring. The recent COVID-19 Coronavirus is an example of one such exogenous force. A force that in recent months has dramatically changed the context of millions of people and thousands of organisations across the globe. What’s more, the impact of COVID-19 …

The Purpose of Strategy: To Change an Organisation’s Trajectory

If the purpose of strategy is to change an organisation’s trajectory, from one that is taking it to its default future to one that is not only better but achievable, how are the strategic choices best made and how can the chosen strategy best be implemented? In this post, David Trafford and Peter Boggis present a framework for developing strategy …

Experiential Learning Journeys: A Source of Shared Insights and Collective Leadership

In this post, Peter Boggis and David Trafford argue that deploying the principles of experiential learning through one or more ‘Learning Journeys’ is an effective way of developing collective leadership from the shared insights and experiences gained. They also help executives gain the collective capabilities needed to assess the effectiveness of current strategy, explore different strategies and successfully operationalise their …