Collaboration is at the essence of what we do here at GroupMap. After all our software is about providing a means for online collaboration.
The benefits of collaboration for team work are many – happier and more engaged workforce, higher productivity, more innovation or ideas developed, more creative – just to name a few!
Now collaboration in an organisation, for an event, project or task, requires a collaborative leader. After all, someone who sets the direction, strategy and leads a team needs to also have a collaborative mindset in order to encourage collaboration.
Deloitte’s recent Future of Work research found 65% of the C-Level executives surveyed have a strategic objective to transform their organization’s culture with a focus on collaboration, as they transition to embrace digital culture, tools and approaches.
So, what does collaborative leadership “look” like? We’ve collected and are sharing some common traits, based on the stories of GroupMap leaders we have collected.
Collaborative leadership mindset
Collaborative leaders should become the main factor that creates the collaborating nature within an organization or for conferences / events / workshops. In other words, collaborative leaders tend to be able to control and deeply understand the emotions, desires and motivations of their team members.
We see this trait clearly with the team at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting who have gone out of their way to find collaborative virtual tools like GroupMap to make sure that their teams, spread across five offices can brainstorm, interact, and work together despite the physical distance.
A collaborative leader looks to generate value by creating social impact whilst also generating goals or outcomes for their stakeholders. We see this clearly through the work of GroupMap’s user, David Clark of Telescope Advisors who have developed strategies and most requested services for Habitat for Humanity and the North Carolina Health state system.
Collaborative leadership is all about breaking down walls and silos. This will lead to building trust and communications between all team members and participants. We see the work of global facilitator, Dr Zakhar Maleytski, as a great example of horizontal leadership.
Through his world wide webinars using online tools such as Zoom and GroupMap, Dr Zakhar has brought together global researchers, government officials, security experts, not for profit specialists to share and innovate on how we can keep our water supply safe and secure.
Collaborative Leadership: Openly share
To create an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, it is important to share information openly. This helps better decision making, improves agility and also allows for more good ideas to flow across different teams and departments.
We see Thomas Krecker’s work from TFK Consulting exemplifying this quality of a collaborative leader. Thomas’ GroupMap Open Work Space conferences and his work which he shares with similar consultants has allowed for technology innovation to occur in his industry.
Working with a collaborative leader is great for both personal and professional growth because the leaders encourage their teams and participants to take risks. And when you create a complimentary environment where you encourage risk taking with trust and security, this is where innovation happens.
We see that through the work of Sophie Giles at University of Western Australia, who encourages her students to openly collaborate through a safe and open environment in GroupMap. Sophie’s leadership has resulted in 88 to 92% engagement increase with her students!
Collaborative leaders encourage people, stakeholders of all levels and teams to openly voice their opinions and take risks. A collaborative leader would embrace stakeholder feedback, ideas and challenges as an opportunity to fine tune rough ideas or seek out opportunities for growth, improvement and innovation.
We see this clearly with Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan-Hart with their “Find the Outside” team! The team recently used GroupMap to transfer their face to face workshop to virtual formats on capacity building for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services Workforce Institute (NYC ACS WI).
By doing this, the team was able to help transform the Workforce Institute and make the child welfare system more equitable and responsive.
Other Collaborative Leadership traits
What other collaborative leader traits have you noticed in your workplace or within conferences, events or activities that you participate in?