Developing collaborative leadership

Complex challenges requires a type of leadership that can mobilise and focus.

Case studies

Addressing complex challenges requires a type of leadership that can mobilise and focus action across a system of organisations and individuals, each with differing perspectives and competing priorities. Here, leadership is not a role; it is an activity. We design and deliver bespoke system leadership programmes for a wide range of organisations, partnerships and places, and for people at all levels, from local authority Chief Executives to ICS boards, civil society leaders to frontline staff, equipping people with the knowledge and skills they need to lead and mobilise for change across boundaries.


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Aug 21st, 2023

How Greater Manchester has achieved together things they could not have achieved alone

“Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and its constituent member councils are the undisputed pioneers of English devolution. This success is built on a long history…

May 5th, 2022

From ‘Me’ to ‘We’ — Lessons on leading as a systems activist

Tackling complex social problems requires you to act beyond the boundaries of your organisation to change the systems in which these problems are embedded. In…

Aug 13th, 2019

Collaborative leadership for thriving places

By Anna Randle and Alex Khaldi | Originally published in The MJ on the 17th July 2019 The future of public services is about the power of place. There’s…

Apr 18th, 2019

Collaborative leadership — making it everyone’s business

Last month, we facilitated a two-day collaborative leadership convention for 280 staff and board members from the 43 Active Partnerships across England, plus wider partners. Here we…

Nov 29th, 2018

Leading public services today: It’s tough out there

One of the greatest privileges of my job is to run the Solace/Collaborate Ignite system leadership programme for local government chief executives. Through this work I get…

Oct 17th, 2018

Keeping it personal: System leadership in local government — new Collaborate/SOLACE essay collection

Today we are excited to publish our new essay collection on system leadership in local government, authored by Chief Executives who have participated in the…