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About Collective Leadership Institute. Empowering people to lead collectively towards a sustainable future

CLI empowers people at the individual level by building the competence for collective leadership and stakeholder collaboration. 

 CLI builds competence at the systemic level (team, organization, collaboration ecosystem) by strengthening the collective capacity of collaborating actors to implement dialogic change and to shift towards more co-creation.

The Art of Leading Collectively

This course will help you to implement more outcome-oriented and constructive co-creation on a day-to-day basis for yourself, your team, your organization, and your change initiative with diverse stakeholders. It equips dedicated change makers in the public and private sector, as well as civil society organizations, with a tool for better co-creation. The dimensions of collective leadership can be learned and enhanced – individually and collectively.

Are you starting a complex cooperation project, or are you in the midst of one you want to improve? Do you need to shift the mindset of stakeholders toward collaboration, or to find new ways to overcome challenges? Do you need to arrive at tangible outcomes in a short time frame?

The tool presented in The Art of Leading Collectively – the Collective Leadership Compass – helps you to keep your collaboration journey on track and to find the necessary course corrections.


  • Know how to prepare for your collaboration journey

  • Assess where you are, define what is present and what is missing

  • Map the path, adjust strategies, and know what to shift, to strengthen, or to focus on

  • Convince colleagues and partners that leading collectively will ease the management of complex change

  • Take the content of the book ‘The Art of Leading Collectively’ into the practice of outcome-oriented and constructive co-creation



The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration. Key Concepts and Competencies for Achieving Common Goals

Stakeholder Collaboration has been recognized as critical to finding solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development. The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration is the foundation course of CLI’s educational program. In this course, you will build your strategic abilities and implementation skills in stakeholder engagement, dialogue, and collaboration processes for high-impact solutions.


  • Learn how to successfully implement stakeholder collaboration through the application of the Dialogic Change Model

  • Understand the business case for co-creative stakeholder engagement

  • Learn how collective intelligence, commitment, and ownership can emerge

  • Produce a stakeholder network map to prioritize engagement activities

  • Develop new engagement strategies to minimize unproductive conflict and a methodology to create sustainable partnerships

Young Leaders for Sustainability. The world is changing. So is leadership.

YLS - The Program

Training young professionals who are the beginning of their careers to become future leaders for sustainability is the goal of the Young Leaders for Sustainability program. CLI has organized YLS around the six dimensions of the collective leadership compass, two dimensions are covered in each compulsory training module. However, the holistic approach of the compass is always at the center of the training and enables YLS participants to find suitable solutions to the complex problems of sustainability.

Module 1. Exploring leadership

  • The Collective Leadership Compass

  • Compass dimensions covered: Wholeness, Innovation​

Module 2. Networking and getting your processes on track

  • The Dialogic Change Model

  • Compass dimensions covered: Engagement, Collective Intelligence​

Module 3. Visioning and facilitating.

  • The Collective Leadership Compass and The Dialogic Change Model

  • Compass dimensions covered: Future Possibilities, Humanity

After successful participation in all 3 compulsory modules, participants will become Certified Young Leaders for Sustainability. Thus, they will also become part of the worldwide CLI Alumni Network.

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