In a complex world of interconnected social and environmental challenges, it is increasingly clear that no one organization can solve these alone. A new focus on “collective leadership” is emerging where people collaborate and align their work across organizations and traditional boundaries for greater impact. In this context, we need skills to engage the diversity of a system, tap the collective wisdom of a group, and prioritize strategic actions and learn and adapt as things change.
Strategic questions are a core collective leadership skill. The April gathering of the Leadership Learning Community’s Boston Learning Circle explored the art of asking strategic questions in the context of participants’ current network leadership challenges. This format provided a rich opportunity for dialogue about the nature of how we, as leaders, can use questions to engage and inspire people, to expand our perspective, and tap the collective wisdom of a group.