The scale and complexity of the issues that many organisations and communities face are beyond the scope of the leadership approaches that have served us well in the past. However, collectively leaders have the vision, will and resources to co-create new approaches to address these most complex and challenging issues. Leadership Lab’s purpose is to support the emergence of flourishing organisations and communities.
Our unique bi-cultural heritage provides a rich resource of wisdom and insight that informs the practice of collective leadership. As an organisation that has its home in Aotearoa, we acknowledge and draw from that wisdom. Respecting and valuing the unique cultural identity of each person and community allows us all to contribute our gifts and thrive together.
In this Leaders' Connect hui recording from 27th August 2020, Janina Konia (Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi) shares her whakaaro on Leading Authentic Partnerships. Janina is the kaiārahi at Mātauraka Mahaanui, an advisory board to the Ministry of Education with a mandate to represent Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu across the Waitaha region.
One of the most significant leadership lessons borne of the COVID -19 crisis has been a renewed sense that the ‘buck stops’ with school leaders who have had to make sharp decisions and deploy a ‘take charge’ attitude. This sort of ‘commanding’ leadership is not often experienced in our profession. We are well-versed with collaborative and collegial leadership, we embrace ‘flat’ leadership approaches and see our jobs as enabling others to grow in their leadership. But COVID-19 has reminded us that commanding leadership is not a ‘dirty word’ and there are many instances in our schools that require strong, powerful, informed, and direct leadership.
Exploring personal stories and practical ideas about collective leadership across Aotearoa
“How do we prevent grassroots community leaders across Canterbury burning out after the earthquakes?"
Since 2015 Leadership Lab has designed a range of programmes supporting thriving leaders to be active in their communities
"How do we build collaboration between over 150 schools in Greater Christchurch to rebuild and renew their learning programmes post-earthquake?"
Leadership Lab worked with multiple agencies to develop Grow Waitaha, a programme that would strengthen this process
"How do we develop a collective leadership practice that supports the provision of a integrated service for people with acute mental health disorders."
Leadership Lab worked with CDHB staff to design a leadership programme in the Specialist Mental Health Service
Leadership Lab offers a range of support and expertise advice in these areas. Whatever the scale of your organisation, or the significance of your role we are set up to work with you
Building individual skills, knowledge and confidence
Growing trusting and collaborative relationships to build collective leadership
An experienced, qualified and skilled sounding board is sometimes just what we need
Working alongside leaders to maintain focus and perspective as they grapple with the many dilemmas they face
Getting on balcony to gain a wider perspective
A broad system thinking approach highlights connections, synergies and priorities
Here’s a snapshot of a couple of larger projects Leadership Lab team have contributed to over the last three years.
The LinC Project has supported and sustained community leaders in Christchurch since 2012, impacting significantly on a people affected by the Christchurch earthquakes.
Grow Waitaha is a multi-year collaborative project with Ngāi Tahu, Ministry of Education and three other consultancies to explore future focussed pedagogy, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives and diverse partnerships across all schools in Greater Christchurch
"The Leadership Lab have been building a movement growing the capability of large cohorts of change makers to make the world better, the power of which continues to spread their ripples of change within our communities today."
"For myself, and my senior team members who have experienced the professional development and collaborative opportunities through the Leadership Lab, it has enabled networks, shifted thinking, and is continuing to influence different practice approaches to working with families. Strategic. Human centred. Community focussed. Founded in relationship."