Coalition Leadership – 21st Century Collaborative Leadership

Finally it is election day. The British political system and hierarchy is still very 18/19th Century. It is amazing that in the 21st Century it remains so directive and adversarial. Likewise, the UK’s Civil Service holds back and resists change effectively. But things are changing, and coalition government may just be a vehicle that provides the change. A coalition is not sustainable and can not succeed on adversary!

And to give the Tories and Lib Dems credit for the 2010 – 2015 coalition I think they have worked pretty well together (the extremists of both parties have been kept at bay) and I would say much of the progress over these last five years has been as a result of a coalition that needed to follow a middle way.

Management Today has written a good article on Coalition Leadership listing and describing 5 tips to success:

  1. Relationships
  2. Prioritise
  3. Set “No-go” lines
  4. Engage the troops
  5. Look outward

In essence this requires moving from an adversarial culture to one of collaboration. This is much the same as the more advanced move in the commercial world from “competitive” to “collaborative” strategies, leadership and cultures.

Let’s hope the potential coalition parties of the next UK government have read the article.

John Knights



1 Response to “Coalition Leadership – 21st Century Collaborative Leadership”

  1. 1 johnnyknights 08/05/2015 at 10:17 am

    Well that was based on the overwhelming opinion of the polls that no party would get a majority of seats. So much for the polls!. The reality is the Conservatives have a majority with 36% of the vote. The relationship between number of seats for each party compared to their percentage voting is increasingly perverse and really calls for a proportional voting system.
    In the mean time it looks like adversarial, directive leadership will reign.

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