Grow collaborative local leadership
CLD is about growing the leadership of everyone. Leadership is collective work, using everyone’s different strengths for the benefit of the whole community. Use these resources to help grow your local capability.
Growing collaborative local leadership is a key part of CLD, affecting how we think, engage, act, learn and adapt. The best leaders keep adapting their responses, based on what’s happening in the community around them.
Active citizens are people who take an active role in their community. Whether joining a community group, volunteering or speaking out on public issues, there are many effective large and small ways you can become an active citizen within your community.
Can everyone be a leader?
Often we don’t even think of ourselves as leaders – which can stop us from stepping up as active citizens. We sometimes assume leaders are highly competent, extraordinary individuals who lead from the front and have all the answers. As a result, communities can suffer from few people wanting to stand up and embrace leadership.
Use our Assumptions About Leadership reference to help self identify what might be getting in the way of your own leadership beliefs and capability development. This might be getting in the way of taking more initiative within your own community.
Creating conditions for collaborative local leadership
What if we saw leaders’ role as creating the conditions for everyone to play a part, rather than expecting leaders to know or carry everything? Having the right foundation conditions will enable the rich diversity of community leadership to flourish in each unique local context – including values, culture, vision, relationships and processes.
Leadership as Learning
All leadership requires is curiosity and people with an openness to learn. Leaders can help create and model a non-defensive climate of learning, reflection and inquiry in which people give and receive feedback and find a way forward together. In particular:
- developing your own leadership
- the leadership of others around you
- the leadership of organisations you work in
- the leadership of communities you live and work in
Through peer learning, exploring new ideas, and trialling actions outside of our own comfort zone – we all have leadership capability to be fostered.