The premise of collaborative leadership says: If you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization and community.
The traditional concept of leadership is that of the heroic leader – they have a vision, they assert it, they persuade us, and they gain followers. Collaborative leadership turns that concept upside down simply by saying that if we bring good people together in constructive ways, we will be able to make conscious, inclusive decisions.
Monday, September 30 | Building Your Planning Canvas
Transformative community change requires skilled changemakers. It’s not just about one leadership pathway but rather engaging with multiple ways of understanding leadership and determining how to adapt your leadership style and skills to the current context. It’s also about engaging other leaders in your network and inviting them to step forward. This action builds a shared ownership approach to community change.
Tuesday, October 1 | Innovative Stories and Case Studies
We are all on a collaborative leadership journey. Listen to the stories of community change practitioners who have struggled and have overcome challenges and continue to deepen their commitment to community change. Dr. Tom Klaus, Tenacious Change and Lindsay Daniller, Daniller Associates will share their stories of collaborative leadership – the good, the bad and the challenging.
Wednesday, October 2 | Methods to Put Theory Into Practice
Stepping into collaborative leadership is about building trust and relationships. This workshop session will provide participants with practical skills and tools to put their leadership into practice. This fast- paced session will explore trust, leadership and the contract we make with community when we chose to lead.
Co-CEO & Consulting Director, Collaborative Leadership
Tamarack Learning Centre
Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on both collaborative leadership and collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables
From 2006 – 2009, Liz was the Director for the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, which was recognized with the Canadian Urban Institute's David Crombie Leadership Award. In her career, Liz has held leadership positions with YWCA Hamilton, Volunteer Hamilton and Volunteer Canada. In 2002, Liz completed a Masters of Management, McGill University. Liz has been awarded Queen's Jubilee Medals in 2002 and 2012 for her contributions to volunteerism in Canada and in 2004 was awarded the Women in the Workplace award from the City of Hamilton.