2.2 An example of collective leadership
You will now consider collective leadership in more detail by watching the following video. Ellie Garraway is a Chief Operating Officer for a charity, working in the voluntary sector. She explains the importance of collective leadership from her personal experiences.
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Transcript: Video 3 Ellie Garraway
I work in the charity sector. And I think we are pushed to be collaborative as a sector between organisations anyway, so there is a sort of a natural leaning towards finding ways to collaborate with others.
Leadership has always been about enabling other people to be brilliant. So I've never really believed in people who are sort of lower down, if you like, if you view it hierarchically, should have any less skill, talent, knowledge, than anyone else, and it's your job to make other people free to be brilliant basically.
So I think the collaborative bit for me is about bringing together the talents of your team to solve the problems of your organisation, and I think that was a turning point perhaps in my own leadership journey is recognising that I don’t have to come up with everything myself. And in fact, it's far better when other people come up with answers to their sort of organisational issues.
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