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Why collaborative leadership is important from the top down


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“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up. Add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say, that individuality counts, but teamwork dynamites.” – Jin Kwon

Teamwork has undergone a radical transformation in the last few years—driven by the rise of hybrid and remote work models in organizations across most industries.

Prudential’s Pulse of the American Worker Survey found that 87% of workers want to work remotely at least one day a week and 68% say that the ability to work remotely and on-site is the perfect work model.

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Similarly, a 2022 Gallup survey found that most remote-capable workers (meaning workers whose jobs can be done remotely) are now working at least partially remotely, with 42% having a hybrid work schedule and 39% working entirely remotely.

As we settle into this new work landscape, leaders have a huge role to play in creating a culture of collaboration. Here’s what that will look like.


What is collaborative leadership?

Collaborative leadership is a form of leadership practiced by empowering others to make decisions and take action. It involves co-creating with the people who are close to the project, which requires trust and transparency.

Collaborative leadership values openness and communication; encourages motivation, and treats all team members with respect. Leaders also work hard to establish a vision for the team they manage by staying connected to each team member so they can be informed of what is going on in the larger organization.

Collaborative leadership focuses on building strong teams with a sense of community. The benefits of collaborative leadership include increased productivity and better-quality work from team members, as well as improved employee satisfaction. 

Collaborative leaders are more likely to be successful than authoritarian leaders because they have higher levels of engagement among their team members.


Styles of collaborative leadership

There are different styles of collaborative leadership:


How to be a collaborative leader

Collaborative leadership from the top down is a critical factor in employees’ satisfaction with their jobs and their overall life satisfaction, according to McKinsey research.

(Source: McKinsey)

Leadership isn’t just about the “boss.” It’s about how a team functions together and how they collaborate to get things done. Managers should always be looking for ways to improve their leadership skills, such as practicing mindfulness or building a culture of trust by listening to their employees and rewarding them for their good work.

Here are some steps to take to sharpen your collaborative leadership skills:


RingCentral enables collaboration from the top down

Collaborative leadership is the next big thing for management. It’s about being a leader who invests in unified communications platforms, cloud collaboration tools, and relationships to make sure that teams are working together effectively. 

Leaders in organizations large and small have discovered that RingCentral has the tools they need to facilitate streamlined collaboration that leads to business success. RingCentral MVP includes voice, video, and messaging to connect your teams effortlessly from one centralized application. 

Learn more about what collaboration software is and be sure to check out other RingCentral collaboration features

Originally published Oct 03, 2022, updated Jan 18, 2023

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