The Art of Leading Collectively: Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future. Petra Kuenkel. Chelsea Green Publishing.

The Art of Leading Collectively: Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future Book Cover The Art of Leading Collectively: Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future
Petra Kuenkel
Chelsea Green Publishing
January 20, 2016

Political leaders, corporate strategists, and public servants, sustainability experts, and social-change advocates are all confronting a new reality: today’s unsustainable global trends – from climate change and water scarcity to energy insecurity and growing inequality – are demanding an entirely new kind of leadership, one based on collective, not individual, efforts. But how do we get people to work together, and effectively, toward common goals?

Petra Kuenkel explores that core question in The Art of Leading Collectively and shows how we can reimagine leadership as a collaborative endeavor, retrain leaders to work collectively, and manage groups through change processes. Drawing upon decades of pioneering, internationally recognized work, she shares her chief tool, the Collective Leadership Compass, and explains how others can successfully use it to help diverse groups and networks solve complex, urgent problems.

The Art of Leading Collectively also shares real-world examples of collective leadership efforts involving corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors around the world, including the processes that led to a sustainable textile alliance, set standards for sustainable cocoa and coffee production and trade, and helped nations rebound from war, develop sensible infrastructure, and tackle resource conflicts with global businesses.

The Art of Leading Collectively offers a clear roadmap for those seeking solutions to our toughest social and sustainability challenges.

Petra Kuenkel is a full member of the Club of Rome, a leading strategic advisor to pioneering international and multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle sustainability issues, and the founder and executive director of the  Collective Leadership Institute (CLI), an international not-for-profit organization building competence for collaborative change and advocating for high-quality dialogue and cooperation. She has designed and conducted high-potential international leadership programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. Based on successful change processes, she developed the  Dialogic Change methodology and the Collective Leadership Compass, a guiding tool for navigating change in complex, multi-actor settings. Kuenkel’s writing has appeared in the Guardian sustainable leadership hub, numerous professional journals, and on her blog,  The Future of Leadership is Collective. For more information, please visit