Collaborative Leadership is first distinguished from other forms of leadership — such as Adversarial, Authoritarian, Hierarchical, and Transactional. Collaborative Leadership engages people to perform at their highest levels of positive interaction. It’s important because the majority of work today happens in teams, alliances, and cross-boundary relationships.
There are a number of varieties of Collaborative Leadership, including servant leadership, facilitative leadership, synergistic leadership, participative leadership, transformational leadership, ethical leadership, spiritual leadership, visionary leadership, etc., each having its place and best situations for application. We use a 4-Dimensional Alignment framework to help leaders understand how to have the highest strategic, interpersonal, operational, and innovational impact possible. We like to think of Collaborative Leadership as being enlightening, enterprising, enthusing, engaging, and ever-adaptive.