Leaders build trust by investing in relationships and encouraging diversity of thought. It’s also one of the first steps leaders take when adopting a collaborative leadership style.
“Putting Collaborative Leadership into Practice,” a white paper from the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council, examines collaborative leadership and how to put this approach into practice.
With collaborative leadership, team members combine their knowledge and expertise to enhance the quality of their decisions as opposed to a top-down or hierarchical leadership style where a limited number of leaders make decisions for the entire organization.
“Collaborative leadership involves the ability to leverage ideas, experience, and output across a team or multiple teams within an organization,” says Michelle Grabicki, founder/CEO of Luminous Leadership Group. “Collaborative leadership values the input from all participants and requires clear communication and feedback.”
This leadership style also focuses on building cross-functional teams and relationships to “help lead teams in whatever the goals and objectives are for the bigger organization,” says Ginger Galloway, vice president of human resources at $528 million asset LA Financial Credit Union in Pasadena, Calif. Understand what role each person plays and what strengths and weaknesses they bring to the team.
Trust, communication, and accountability are three critical components of collaborative leadership. Three steps to apply these to your organization: