In a recent article entitled, Empowerment: The Key to Creating a Collaborative Culture, leadership authority, Ken Blanchard makes a very valid point that one of the most important traits of a good leader, is his or her ability to develop a collaborative culture. I couldn’t agree more. One way to get known within a large organisation, is to be able to share your knowledge and experience with other departments and teams. Is this something that you do regularly?
In the article, Blanchard goes on to suggest five questions a leader should ask him or herself on a regular basis. Let me share them with you here:
- Do I continually work to develop my competence?
- Do I feel empowered to give my opinions during idea sessions, even if I disagree?
- Do I actively build and share my network with others?
- Do I share my skills and knowledge with other departments?
- Do I believe my work is important to my team and organisation?
The days of working in a silo are well and truly gone. In my experience in developing leaders amongst organisations across Australia, I would have to say that most of the best practice organisations are desperately wanting to break down silos amongst departments, and encourage greater collaboration.
Let me leave you with this thought; what can you do this week and this month to cultivate a more collaborative culture within your team and organisation? What knowledge and information can you freely share with other departments? Also, what can you do personally to get known as a manager and leader who openly collaborates for the benefit of the entire organisation?
To read more about Kim Blanchard’s article, go here: http://howwelead.org/