Phase 3. Creating a Shared Vision
What you might see
- Leading with questions and appetite to understand the diversity of interpretations and perspectives the system holds;
- Leaders using consistent language and messaging;
- Leaders understanding and articulating the perspectives of different stakeholders;
- Leaders committing to building shared understanding amongst the broader community and stakeholders;
- Alignment around common purpose;
- Sufficient depth and breadth of understanding and commitment to enter into formal agreement for a long-term collaborative initiative.
What you can do
- Convene a diverse range of influencers to authorise the collaboration and explore a shared vision for change over the medium to long term;
- Explore, define and commit to community ownership;
- Seek explicit commitments from leaders to support the shared vision and approach;
- Hold steady during conflict. Facilitate the different perspectives to support a creative process that allows new ideas and ways of working to surface;
- Acknowledge there will be loss of some kind - power, resources, status, ways of working – this enables people to explore and prepare for what losses are possible;
- Encourage stakeholders to see themselves as part of the system problem and solutions.
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Aigner, G & Skelton, L 2013, The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the lucky country. Allen & Unwin. Chapter 12 Conflict, Growth & Innovation