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yes, this topic is not deeply researched.
One research, which also won an IPMA reward and was funded by PMI is by Ralf Müller, PMI Fellow and editor-in-chief of the PMI research journal PMJ.
He will present it to the Germany Chapter next Thursday, 12.5. 18:00 CEST. Free for all, you just have to register your email before booking the event.
https://pmi-gc.de/eventkalender/757 (Balanced Leadership)
He also gave a webinar on the related topic of governance here some days ago
Could you clarify what you mean by collaborative leadership? Are you referring to the active collaboration which leaders should do with key stakeholders when making decisions, or something else? If so, it feels like this is just part of the broad spectrum of behaviors we expect from good leaders.
Here are two older articles from HBR from the same authors on the subject:
Thanks for the links you sent me.
I will read carefully
In the new talent triangle, in the "Power Skills" dimension, it is mentioned in Leadership Styles: "Collaborative Leadership"
Google: "Scholarly articles on leadership" and you will not only find many articles, but also many professional publications dedicated to the subject.
My only challenge with the use of the term is that collaboration is a much abused word. With true collaboration, you see emergent solutions or approaches which combine ideas from all participants. Leadership on the other hand doesn't imply emergence of something so I would think "Inclusive leadership" would be a more apropos term.
Collaborative leadership is many times seen as a 'Kumbaya' thing, same as is inclusive leadership. Some may even see collaborative leadership as achieving consensus.
A boat full of agreeable leaders is not leadership. Leadership is listening with minimal bias and based on the information gathered making the best decision (not necessarily a compromise decision) and follow that with explanation of the decision to the persons impacted by that decision 'leading' to appropriate action and delivery..
The objective is not to find: "solutions or approaches which combine ideas from all participants" but find the most effective solutions which may or may not combine ideas from all or some of the participants.
Kiron made valid points. The best bet is google scholars search, I think.
Yet another qualifier for leadership. We love to say that a certain type of leadership is better than others, for example servant leadership. Since leadership is very much situational, I say that leadership is all encompassing: you cannot be a servant leader without being a collaborative leader, and vice-versa.
Where you can better see leadership's undergarments is in the qualities and skills needed: emotional fitness, communications, vision, negotation, etc.
In the Jobs Report 2022 prepared by PMI we can read:
"Which Skills Matter Most?
Developing the right skills can help boost career opportunities and advancement.
These are the top five power skills and capabilities for project managers:
1. Relationship building
2. Collaborative leadership
3. Strategic thinking
4. Creative problem solver
5. Commercial awareness"
We love to create categories yet the human spirit is a gestalt that cannot be broken down into such categories.
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