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9 points on the collective leadership compass

Leading is tough, and collaborating can be tough as well, and combining the two can be a real mountain to climb.

In her book “The Art of Leading Collectively,” Petra Kuenkel offers what she calls a Collective Leadership Compass, which can be used to find out who we are, where we stand and how the journey came about, all on the way to better co-creation.

Kuenkel writes that the compass works best through a set of three steps, each of which has three actions. They are:

* Observing. Some people call this “diagnosing,” but Kuenkel dislikes the term because it implies being critical and judgmental, faultfinding.

  1. Appreciating. Appreciate the competencies available.
  2. Assessing. Assess an individual pattern of competencies.
  3. Evaluating. Make sense of information.


* Focusing. Evaluating forms the base, but focusing empowers action.

  1. Strengthening strengths. Make use of it/them.
  2. Nurturing development areas. Bring in what is missing, undervalued or simply not known.
  3. Choosing starting points. Then develop tangible next steps.


* Enacting. People are likely to implement well-developed plans with enthusiasm.

  1. Planning next steps. This means short term and long term.
  2. Testing reality. See if the envisioned impact has been realized.
  3. Watching the pattern. Reviewing progress can lead back to Observation.

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