Cross-sector Collaboration and System Leadership

Leadership across sectors is a success factor for solving complex social problems. There has been momentum over the last ten years in the United States and globally to formalize multi-sector collaboration through various approaches including B Corps and systems leadership.

In 2015, when the Stanford Social Innovation Review published “The Dawn of System Leadership” authors Senge, Hamilton, and Kania declared:

“At no time in our history have we needed system leaders more. We face a host of systemic challenges beyond the reach of existing institutions and their hierarchical authority structures. Problems like climate change, destruction of ecosystems, growing scarcity of water, youth unemployment and embedded poverty and inequity require unprecedented collaboration among different organizations, sectors and even countries.”

How to have impact?

One approach demonstrating success in solving complex problems is collective impact. Collective Impact is premised on the belief that no single policy, government department, organization or program can tackle or solve the increasingly complex social problems we face as a society. The approach calls for multiple organizations or entities from different sectors to abandon their own agenda in favor of a common agenda, shared measurement and alignment of effort.

“…we believe that there is no other way society will achieve large-scale progress against the urgent and complex problems of our time, unless a collective impact approach becomes the accepted way of doing business.” — John Kania & Mark Kramer

Vista Leadership Institute’s Vision for Collaboration and Collective Impact

Institute participants envision a global community of creative, resilient, diverse and connected leaders who fully contribute their talents to making the world a better place. Through your journey, you will learn to build bridges across professional sectors and international borders. Learn more about our application requirements and start your journey today!

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