About the course


This course will help you implement more outcome oriented and constructive co-creation on a day to day basis for yourself, your team, your organisation, and, above all, your change initiative with diverse stakeholders. It equips dedicated change makers in public, private, and civil society organisations with a tool for better co-creation. The dimensions of collective leadership can be learned and enhanced - individually and collectively.

  • Are you starting a complex cooperation project, or are you in the midst of one you want to improve?
  • Do you need to shift the mind-set of stakeholders toward collaboration, or to find new ways to overcome challenges?
  • Do you need to arrive at tangible outcomes in a short time frame?

The tool presented in The Art of Leading Collectively - the Collective Leadership Compass - helps you to keep your collaboration journey on track and to find the necessary course corrections.

Your key take aways

  • Know how to prepare for your collaboration journey.
  • Assess where you are, define what is present and what is missing.
  • Map the path, adjust strategies, and know what to shift, to strengthen, or to focus on.
  • Convince colleagues and partners that leading collectively will ease the management of complex change.
  • Take the content of the book ‘The Art of Leading Collectively’ into the practice of outcome-oriented and constructive co-creation.

What is the art of leading collectively?

The world is interconnected. Turning the challenges of complexity, interdependency and urgency into opportunities requires more than passion, intuition, or excellent plans. Solutions to sustainability challenges cannot be found in isolation. Therefore we need to shift the way we co-create. Collaboration is not only paramount, it is the only way to success. Collective Leadership is the art of leading complex change in multi actor settings. It empowers leaders to navigate collaboration successfully. The Collective Leadership Compass is a practice-oriented approach by attending to a pattern of interacting human competencies in the six dimensions:


The compass can be used to strengthen your individual leadership skills, to enhance the leadership capacity of a group of actors, and to shift systems of collaborating actors towards better co-creation.

Insights on the course

Ground-breaking publication by Petra Kuenkel


Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future

by Petra Kuenkel with foreword by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker.
The book is a guide to collaborative impact for leaders in industry, government and social change networks. Our world is facing unsustainable global trends - from climate change and water scarcity to energy insecurity, unfair labour practices, and growing inequality. Tackling these crises effectively requires a collective form of leadership. But, in a world of many silos, how do we get people to work together toward a common goal? It is a question that Petra Kuenkel answers in „The Art of Leading Collectively“.
Readers learn how to tackle system change for sustainable development, reimagine leadership as a collaborative endeavor, retrain leaders to work collectively, and manage diverse groups through a change process that has sustainability as a guiding focus. The book offers many examples of collective leadership efforts involving corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors around the world.
Available on www.amazon.com.


Customise our courses to your needs or to the needs of your stakeholder collaboration system. Our tailor-made trainings are highly oriented towards achieving concrete results, bring team members and partners into intense exchange, focus on project work, help bring strategic issues forward.

26 October - 28 October 2017

Potsdam, Germany
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The Collective Leadership Compass

The Collective Leadership Compass is a practice-oriented approach to leading complex change in multi actor settings. It empowers leaders to navigate collaboration successfully by attending to a pattern of interacting human competencies.