Collective Leadership – Facilitation Pool

The complexity of the challenges we face today across public services calls for a different style of leadership: a collective leadership approach to make transformational changes where answers need to emerge from collective sense-making. This type of leadership draws on relevant and diverse perspectives.  Leaders need to work with the health of the whole system and not just their area of responsibility and build relationships through deep listening and learning by doing.

There is an increasing recognition of the need for help in doing this and we are learning that key to shifting to this way of working is to have skilled facilitators embedded with leaders who are seeking to bring about change on live collective, complex challenges.

To meet this expanding need, Workforce Scotland wants to refresh, deepen and expand its current Pioneering Collaborative Leadership programme into a new Collective Leadership offer, drawing and strengthening connections to other leadership offers such as Collaborative Leadership for Integration, u.lab and the new Leading Systems Change programme offered by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL).

As part of the development of this new Collective Leadership offer, we want to bring a group of experienced facilitators together for a 4 day programme to deepen their own facilitation practices and co-create on-going support for facilitators within this offer.

Who we are looking for

The facilitation programme will not be focussed on a technical programme of tools and techniques.  It will be about the use of self within the group experience and how to create the conditions for groups to learn and work better together.  This programme will be best suited to those who have some experience of working with complexity and are open to reflecting on their own practice and a willingness to share learning.

The offer

A fully-funded 4 day residential programme from the afternoon of Tues 30 Oct to lunchtime on Fri 2 Nov 2018 (venue: Stirling Court Hotel).  Acceptance will be via the application form below.

On-going peer support and training, to be co-designed with the facilitators themselves.

The ask

You will be willing and able (with any necessary permissions) to facilitate at least one partnership group.  Allocation of work will be done in conjunction with a member of the team after a supportive discussion with you about your readiness.

Facilitation is focussed upon the real, complex work that teams are doing and so there will not be one model that works for all teams.  As a guide, however, participation as a facilitator in the Collective Leadership programme may involve working for around 6 to 12 months with a team on the complex issue they are trying to address.  This could be a pattern of monthly meetings with the partnership team, where the real work is done, but where some time is also set aside to focus on what is being learned about Collective Leadership.


To apply, please download the application form and send it to by 15 August 2018.

Collective Leadership – Facilitators Programme Application Form – Summer 2018