A Guide to Collaborative Leadership


Remember the Tina Turner song, “We Don’t Need Another Hero”? Well, apparently there’s some truth to that song title. In this TED Talk, Lorna Davis, a global ambassador for the B Corp movement, asserts that, instead of heroes, we need radical interdependence. In other words, to achieve lofty goals, we need each other.

The Learning Upshot  

  After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:   

  • See your work as part of something larger
  • Practice 3 things that non-heroic leaders do
  • Comprehend the power of working together    

Watch the Video

Lorna Davis: A guide to collaborative leadership | TED Talk 

Make It Actionable   

Now it’s time to personalize it. Give this concept some momentum in the workplace and your own life by completing the following:   

  1. Envision your work as a stream. What is upstream? What is downstream? How do all of these pieces comprise the larger picture? Draw a picture of what this looks like.
  2. Name one task of your job. Identify all of the people involved who help make that task happen and/or who are affected by this work. How do you ensure their time is valued?
  3. Practice the 3 elements of a non-heroic leader:
    1. Identify a lofty work goal, one that is impossible to achieve alone.
    2. Share your lofty work goal with at least one other person (before you have a plan).
    3. Identify all of the people needed to bring your lofty work goal to life.
  4. Reflect on this experience.
    1. How would your lofty goal benefit NPS? How would it benefit the other parties involved?
    2. What might be any negative effects of your lofty goal?
    3. How did it feel to identify a lofty goal like this, without a plan and needing other people to make it happen?
    4. What about this experience might influence the way you work?
    5. How would you go about starting to implement your lofty goal?
  5. Bonus (optional): Share your lofty goal with 2-3 other people. Take one step toward implementing your lofty goal. In other words, begin to initiate your lofty goal.
  6. After you have completed this challenge (initiating your lofty goal, not necessarily completing it), reflect on these questions: 
    1. How easy or difficult was this challenge for you?
    2. What did you discover about yourself?
    3. What did you try that you are going to keep doing?
    4. What did others notice about you trying new things? If it’s not obvious, ask them.   

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