The Collective Leadership Compass: A Practice Model for Navigating Complex Change



This chapter introduces the Collective Leadership Compass as a practice model for navigating complex change in multi-stakeholder settings and its empirical and conceptual origins. It summarizes research results from 30 interviews with global actors, who have been involved as coordinators, facilitators, or organizers in complex collaborative change processes for sustainability. The Collective Leadership Compass is a meta-level framework that guides attention to mutually supportive factors for effectiveness in complex multi-stakeholder collaboration. The compass helps leaders, and groups of leaders, ascertain how a collaboration pattern can successfully emerge and subsequently derive process intervention strategies. The practice model is the starting point for the explorations into new approaches to stewarding sustainability transformations.


Collective leadership Collective leadership compass Co-designing change Leadership Complex change Human competencies Sustainability challenges Networks Collaboration Collaboration ecosystems 


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  1. 1.Full Member of the Club of RomeCollective Leadership InstitutePotsdamGermany

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