Leadership Strategy: Creating Your Organization’s Collective Leadership Capability


Leadership has historically been characterized as an interpersonal influence process focused on individual leaders influencing followers to engage in the pursuit of shared goals. While this individual leader approach is important, recent research and practice have shown that attention to the development of leadership systems in organizations is imperative for success in today’s complex environments and highlights the need for collective leadership capability.
“What does it take for individuals to willingly and effectively combine their efforts to produce collective results?” This is a core question facing organizations as they develop and implement business strategies that address increasing complexity and that require greater collaboration and interdependence throughout the organization.  A sound leadership strategy bridges the gap between business strategy, leadership development and performance and identifies the leadership skills, behaviors and practices – the collective capability - needed to address today’s complex organizational challenges.
This interactive session will introduce you to the elements that comprise a leadership strategy, the critical outcomes of effective leadership, and ideas for creating the collective leadership capability that will move your business strategy forward.
As a result of participating in this session you will:

  • Identify how well your organization, team, or group currently demonstrates the outcomes of direction, alignment, and commitment in support of a collective leadership approach
  • Explore the four pillars of an effective leadership strategy including: business strategy, leadership culture, talent, and organizational design
  • Understand three levels of leadership culture and focus specifically on assessing your organization’s current leadership culture and identifying what is required to support your business strategy
  • Apply two specific tools that can be used to facilitate interactions and exchanges among leaders in support of a collective leadership mindset and approach

Workshop Facilitator

Alice Cahill

Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership

Argerie Vasilakes

Organizational Development Fellow, GOJO Industries