Collaborative Leadership: PART 1
Posted by: DVULI | March 22, 2023
Are YOU a collaborative leader? Let’s face it. Getting people to collaborate can be hard!
If I told you there is a secret sauce to help you bring your peers, youth, and community together in a way that enabled them to see past their own talent to accomplish a shared goal, would you want it?
You already have it!
In workshop 5 of the 15-month training, DVULI liaisons walk their cohorts through these skills that were consistently conveyed throughout the program:
6 Skills of Collaborative Leaders*
- Reflect ==> Adjust. Seek to better understand one’s own values and assess if the behaviors are congruent. How does this impact others?
- Building Trust
- Ability to build trust among staff and stakeholders to keep interest and share ideas.
- Developing People
- Commitment to the development of people as a key asset best achieved through mentoring and coaching.
- Assessing the Environment
- Understand the need to recognize common interests, purpose, and values. Set priorities and identify obstacles and barriers.
- Creating Clarity – Visioning & Mobilizing
- Understand everyone is a small part of God’s greater mission. Having clear values collaborators to commit to a cause that transcends the self.
- Sharing Power & Influence
- Work collectively, empowering others to share their experience and expertise to contribute to the decision-making process.
The point of it all?
God never intended for us to do ministry alone. He designed us for interdependence. We’re better together!
Need a collaboration tune-up?
- Review your LW5 workbook and notes.
- These biblical leadership foundations are found in the story of Nehemiah. Read to see how collaborative leadership skills brought about the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. (Neh. 1:1-7, 10; Neh. 2:1-5, 11-5, 17-18; Neh. 3:1-10, 12.)
- Self-reflect with these two assessments:
- Determine how often you work with other youth-serving organizations in your community by taking this assessment.
- Review your personal leadership collaboration skills by taking this questionnaire.
*Adapted from Collaborative Leadership: Self-assessment Questionnaires, Turning Point
Banner photo by Keira Burton