Certification Track
Becoming a Collective Leadership Specialist

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi
of sustainable development projects need collaboration to succeed

In 2015, the nations of the world agreed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17th Goal emphasizes the importance of partnerships for realizing the other 16 Goals. Working in collaboration across sectors, topics, and borders requires a set of capacities that most individuals and organizations simply don’t have yet. This begs the question: how will the 17th SDG be met by 2030?

The challenge presented by the SDGs is increasing collaboration capacity worldwide so that all change processes can be carried out in a peaceful, professional, efficient, and effective way that honours the intention of the global sustainable development movement. To meet this challenge, CLI is training collaborative change-makers and building collective leadership academies around the world. CLI’s vision is “A worldwide network of Collective Leadership Academies that scale up collective leadership capacity to empower individuals and organizations to achieve sustainability outcomes.”

“We need to see leadership as the capacity of a collective to catalyse change for the common good.”

Petra Kuenkel; The Art of Leading Collectively
What is the Certification Track about?

For the past decade, CLI has conceptualized and field-tested collaboration methodologies and tools with partners, developing high quality and engaging training curricula, materials, and publications. Through our growing network of partners, we seek to transfer these approaches and materials to skilled specialists around the world and, through them, scale collaboration and impact for sustainability.

We understand collaboration to be the capacity to lead collectively across borders:

  • Collaboration among different sectors from the local to the global levels, such as implementation of the SDGs, the Paris Accord, and other international agreements
  • Collaboration among different identities, such as among different racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, and political group
  • Collaboration across international borders, such as on the refugee crisis, transboundary watershed management, and transboundary fisheries management.

Therefore, the Collective Leadership Institute developed a Certification Scheme, which is offered to any individual, who would like to join the network of other collaborative change-makers..

In order to become a Collective Leadership Specialist, individuals, teams or CLI course Alumni go through the certification process (the graph below presents the training process).

In order to become a Collective Leadership Specialist trainees have to take part in three CLI foundation courses:

  • The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration course,
  • The Art of Leading Collectively course,
  • The Art of Dialogue course,

and learn the CLI methodologies: © Dialogic Change Model and © Collective Leadership Compass, as well as facilitation techniques.

CLI Certified Collective Leadership Specialists are able to apply the above- mentioned methodologies successfully in practice. By completing our certification process, Collective Leadership Specialists have proven expertise in designing and invigorating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work to achieve outcomes across the Sustainable Development Goals at all levels.

Being a Collective Leadership Specialist is also a compulsory qualification to become an Accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator and create a Collective Leadership Academy.

How to start?

The following graph helps you to choose the right foundation course to start with:

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Past Certification Track participants

We have trained several Collective Leadership Specialists worldwide since the start of the programme in 2017. The table below present the number of Collective Leadership Specialists per country.

Place/Country/Region No. of Certified Collective Leadership Specialists
Ukraine 18
Germany 7
Tunisia 6
Switzerland 4
Egypt 3
Jordan 3
South Africa 2
Denmark 1
Senegal 1
Indonesia 1
Kenya 1
Some of our Collective Leadership Specialists and Facilitators

"The accreditation program opened to me a new horizon of capacities to contribute effectively to sustainable change initiatives within the Arab Region and the world at large.”

Mai ElAshmawy- acredited Collective Leadership Facilitator
Why did you decide to participate in the program and what are you going to do with new qualifications?


Mai ElAshmawy: “I wanted to join the accreditation program, because I was inspired how comprehensive was the methodology in helping organizing & planning relationship approaches with different stakeholders taking into consideration the different dynamics that motivates people to change.  The methodology also gives you an insight of the change processes from a humanity perspective, and broaden your thinking to consider different personnel, whom are the leaders of change.

I love to be CLI’s Ambassador to the Arab World, transferring the knowledge to the developing communities and help them achieving their sustainable country goals successfully.  Thus, help achieving the SDGs”.

Click here to read Mai’s case study.

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