Collective Leadership comprises the mindset and skills needed by of a group of people to collaboratively guide processes and projects towards positive sustainability outcomes. Join the movement to become a Collective Leader!

The challenge

All urgent challenges of sustainability, be it managing scarce water resources, adapting to climate change, securing access to adequate nutrition, or creating responsible value chains, require new forms of collaborative inventiveness, and people who are willing to implement change collectively at all levels and in all areas of our global society.

Why do we need collective leadership?

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 for Sustainability is the capacity of a group of leaders to deliver their contribution to a joint purpose collaboratively, while putting high priority on the common good, and a balance between the needs of people, profit, and planet.

Petra Kuenkel's Blog - The Future of Leadership is Collective

The Future of Leadership is Collective

Eric Lowitt, The Collaboration Economy


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 in the six dimensions:  


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

  • Future Possibilites

    Inspiring and empowering others, staying open-minded, observing trends, developments and new knowledge, going beyond problem diagnose, sensing and enacting future possibilities, following-through, taking a stand for sustainability.
  • Engagement

    Building meaningful stakeholder engagement processes that create trust and cohesion, invigorating network connections, fostering collective action that leads to tangible outcomes and enhanced collective impact.
  • Innovation

    Venturing into the unknown, driving excellence, fostering creativity, acknowledging diverse expertise, building a climate of trust-based co-creation and developing the potential to spot innovative solutions to sustainability challenges.
  • Humanity

    Acknowledging diversity in the world and in humanity, accessing our humanity in ourselves and in others, creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, cultivating reflection, attending to inner balance.
  • Collective Intelligence

    Respecting difference, inviting diverse perspectives, experiences and viewpoints for better solutions, fostering structured dialogue, valuing contributions, ensuring iterative learning.
  • Wholeness

    Placing our actions in a larger context, opening up to seeing the bigger picture of a situation, acting in favour of the commongood, continuously improving our contribution to sustainability, creating networks of mutual support.