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Traditional vs Collaborative Leaders Infographic

Traditional vs Collaborative Leaders Infographic

The workplace is changing. Leadership is changing. The future is collaborative leaders.

Collaborative leadership is a new style of leadership that involves the whole team. While a collaborative leader may still steer the ship, they desire to work with their team by welcoming input, talent and skills from the group. Collaborative leadership is a collective effort.

How do you know if you or your manager are collaborative? Read through these 8 indicators to see if your leadership style will lead you into the future. The Traditional vs Collaborative Leaders Infographic was created in 2012 by Stacey Olson-Steele and has been going viral ever since. It has been translated into 3 different languages and is a popular leadership infographic for managers and workplace teams.

Via: www.collaborativelead.com

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  • Paul

    Nice IG. Completely ignoring any type of cultural differences though. In a perfect world: yes we would all be able to be a collaborative leader. In most countries in Latin-America however, this type of leadership is impossible. I don’t even know where to start to point out how incorrect this model is for +70% of the globe right now.

    • Peter

      Hi Paul,
      Would be great if you could also share your thoughts as to why this is impossible in Latin America.

      Not all of us work across the globe, so getting insight from people who are on the ground as to actual challenges, instead of a ‘it just won’t work’ statement is a great way to collaborate.


      • Paul

        I understand it feels like i’m just criticizing the IG. That’s not my intention. I really can’t explain cultural differences in a Disqus comment. It’s too much, sorry. But there must be some good reading out there. Cultural Dimensions from Hofstede helped me a bit. Hope this helps.

    • Jake

      I disagree. I live in Spain, culturally very similar to latin America, and this model works perfectly for my company (2 so far) and others i have seen apply it, although, perhaps, not many companies do. Maybe you mean that in Latin America, this model is more difficult to implement because of the bosses old ways in general, but to say “it doesn’t work” and” I can’t explain” really shows how you yourself are stuck in these old ways. So no wonder why you think like this.

      • Paul

        Strange!! Every real Spanish person i spoke to in Panama (there’s a lot of people from Spain there) said that Spain and Panama are culturally worlds apart. Question: did you ever work in Latin-America, especially countries with a Caribbean Culture, such as Panama? And yes, this model is very very difficult to implement. If not impossible the coming decade. I believe in this model, as in the Netherlands this is really the way to do it. Just saying it doesn’t work for many countries, not yet.

        • Jake

          Well, NOW that you say Panama instead of Latin America and therefore changed your argument. Also NOW that you say “very difficult to implement” instead of “impossible to implement”, changing your argument completely, and therefore NOW that you say something completely different to what you originally said, NOW you could be right, or not, since its a different discussion, i don’t know.

          Coming back to your original point. Yes, i have lived and worked in various Latin American (not Panama) countries, and i have fund quite the opposite. So maybe, as you suggest, im not a “real Spanish person” (whatever that means).

          • Richard Hanbury

            Interested if this is the style of your Collaboarative leadership!