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Collaborative Leadership: How to succeed in an interconnected world [Kindle Edition]

David Archer , Alex Cameron
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0750687053
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0750687058
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Book Description

Collaborative leadership is about delivering results across boundaries. The nature of that boundary is important, whether it's a formal contract or an informal agreement between two parties to work together for a common aim. And leaders need to be clear about where the boundary lies and how to use the different capabilities on either side of it to build a positive and efficient relationship. As the poet Robert Frost once put it, 'Good fences make good neighbours'.
Getting value from difference is at the heart of the collaborative leader's task. But that is not without its challenges. As in many marriages, it is often this difference – in skills, experience, resources or culture – that attracts organisations to work together in the first place. Then, as time goes by, people start to rail against that very difference and try to remove it wherever it causes frustration in the joint operation. An often-heard criticism is 'Why can’t they be more like us?'. But of course the truth is that if they were, you'd have lost the very reason that brought the two of you together.
So, collaborative leaders have to pull off a tricky balancing act – on the one hand, respecting and valuing the differences of a partner, while on the other, smoothing out some of those differences in the interests of making the relationship work more efficiently. At the same time, leaders have to learn to share control, and to trust a partner to deliver, even though that partner may operate very differently from themselves. Collaborative leadership is a sophisticated art – but mastering this complexity lies at the heart of business success now and in the future.

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'With collaboration high on the skills agenda for future leaders, this would make a good book for leaders wishing to develop their skills and further their careers, and for HR teams looking to assess and build the levels of leadership collaboration capability in their organizations.' Sara Nolan, Strategic HR Review

'This is an important and original book. If anyone doubted the relevance of collaboration, connectivity, and effective leadership in today's small world, they must have been asleep as the cataclysmic financial events of 2008 unfolded. It's a book which is relevant to business and public sector leaders alike.' Sir Ian Magee CB, Fellow of the Institute for Government and Senior Advisor, Booz & Company 'In all kinds of business, collaboration is here to stay. Now David Archer and Alex Cameron have created a guide that helps leaders understand what kind of collaboration is right for them, and how to make it work.' Andrew Sharpe, Director of Standards and Technical Services, Rail Safety and Standards Board 'A really practical, how-to-do-it book on collaboration in client-supplier networks. How refreshing to find a book on such a complex subject which is so easy to read and yet so informative.' Nicholas Hallett, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald 'This book gives great insights into the nature of partnerships and many practical ideas on how to make them work effectively.' Andrew Summers CMG, Chairman, Companies House

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  • File Size: 2124 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0027VRRBA
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZJSW7W
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical guide to collaborative leadership March 9, 2009
This is a practical guide to one of the most important issues that should trouble us all, as citizens, workers, investors, borrowers, buyers and voters in the 2009. In this recession, a new style of leadership is demanded: we need collaborative leaders now to build trust through shared responsibility and cooperation that interrelated, complex systems need to function globally.

With money in short supply and growth stalled, collaborative leadership is essential to catalyse new partnerships. For corporations and project leaders, they can cut the cost of budget overruns and project breakdown that result from the inherent conflict of the increasingly discredited leadership style of the `Masters of the Universe'.

In difficult times, leaders only succeed if they have the collaborative skills to form and negotiate coalitions, alliances and partnerships - to deal with hostility, fix broken relationships and resolve conflict.

This book by David Archer and Alex Cameron is excellent as a guide for any leader of any project. I hope our politicians and heads of major corporates read it.
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