The future will be made by us, together

The future will be made by us, together

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Join us for the Project Lift session as part of the Illuminating Leadership Festival 2022

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Exploring what we really mean by leadership, management and everything in between - and what this means for our future.

A murmuration of starlings is a wondrous feat of collaboration, often involving tens of thousands of birds swooping and swirling across the evening sky before they settle in to their roosts for the night. There is no identifiable Leader, no C-Suite elite, not even a ceilidh caller to bring order to this dance. Rather, the birds coordinate their own actions, producing a mass display that might well be described as collaborative leadership. Together they continuously produce new patterns, innovating in democratic ways that respect and care for each other, and in every moment, they effectively create their future together through their collective improvisations.

During this event, we invite you to swoop and swirl with us as we investigate what it might take to enact collaborative leadership in our organisations. We’ll try to disentangle management and leadership: the purposes they serve, the skills they require, and who exactly they involve. Whilst management is concerned with bringing order and certainty to organising, leadership involves living and thriving in conditions of uncertainty that call for creative, disruptive, and sometimes even subversive solutions.

We are a loose collaboration between Project Lift, Kaleidoscope Health and Care, and Barbara Simpson, Professor of Leadership and Organisational Dynamics at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, who will share her perspective.

Barbara has conducted research in sectors as diverse as science, the arts, engineering, and health and social care. Her interest is always in understanding leadership as a fundamentally creative, socially-engaged process of future-making.

Together, in an engaging and interactive session, we’ll explore questions like:

  • What's really different between leadership and management?
  • When do we actually see new futures come about in our organisations?
  • What could be different?

About Project Lift events

Project Lift is all about relational leadership, people having better experiences at work, individual potential, leadership at all levels in all roles across health and social care and all in service of improving care across Scotland.

For this event, we will be doing something a little different. We're collaborating with the Illuminating Leadership festival to host a one-off event on their platform. A fresh, short format, you'll be glad you attended.

Find out more about this event and our past events on the Project Lift page.

About Illuminating Leadership 2022

Taking place for the first time from 28th February to 3th March 2022, Illuminating Leadership 2022 is a global online festival aiming to shed light on the benefits and opportunities, as well as challenges of collective, systems- and place-based leadership.

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