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Team Update by Janet Whitley

I hope this edition of our Newsletter finds you well.  I wanted to let you know that we in the Collective Leadership for Scotland Team are working through a range of changes and transitions at present, including an exploration of a potentially closer relationship with the Scottish Leaders Forum and a wider review of the current appetite and resources available to continue a Collective Leadership offer in Scotland’s public services. It will be wonderful to find ways to take account of the views of our many colleagues and partners as these explorations progress. 
Meantime, I am delighted to let you know that Karen Lawson, who has been a central member of the Collective Leadership for Scotland Team for 7 years, has been appointed to a new role in the Centre for Public Impact as the joint Programme Director for Scotland. I am sure that this will be an exciting new opportunity for Karen, and for the Centre for Public Impact, although I am of course very sorry to see Karen leave our team. Her contribution will be greatly missed.
Our colleague Conor James, Collective Leadership Administrator, is currently being deployed to support Ukrainian resettlement, so our team is rather depleted at this time.

New Illuminating Leadership Event Series: Sign up now!

Join the Illuminating Leadership Event Series, running 20 and 21 September 2022!

After a successful Illuminating Leadership Festival earlier this year, Collective Leadership for Scotland and partners are now inviting you to join the Autumn Illuminating Leadership Event Series. Over the the course of 2 days of this Events Series, we will see a variety of events, during which participants and hosts can reflect, share, and identify ways in which they have taken ideas and learning into practice. We are taking the opportunity to reflect and share learning from the festival, and more broadly on the work over the past 10 years of the Collective Leadership for Scotland team. 

All events are free and open to anyone with an interest in collective, systems- and place-based leadership. We welcome all those who have been involved in our work over the years to share their stories of personal and systemic impact.  The Events Series provides a platform to bring together people with an interest and experience in collective leadership practice. Together, hosts and participants can share their learning and experiences, create and expand their knowledge, and ultimately illuminate the light and shade of collective leadership.

Learn more & sign up to events

Coaching for Systemic Change: New Offer

Seeking to work and lead collectively in pursuit of systemic change at times like these can feel uncertain, exhausting and disorientating, however much it feels like the right thing to do.  It might, therefore, feel like to right time to pause, reflect and work together with a trained coach to examine the different aspects of your systemic change work and to explore what steps you can take to better achieve the outcomes you are working towards.
The Collective Leadership for Scotland team are offering Coaching for Systemic Change from August 2022, seeking to support individuals or teams who are trying to make changes in how they work to adopt a more systemic approach.  The Collective Leadership Practice Team all hold an Advanced Certificate in Coaching Practice and are members of the Association for Coaching.
Is this coaching right for you or your team?
  • Are you working on a complex issue?
  • Are you trying to work in partnership to achieve an outcome?
  • Do you recognise that doing things in the familiar way is not going to get the results needed?
  • Are you willing to experiment and commit to learn together?
If you answered yes to these questions, then this unique coaching offer may be just what you are looking for.

We are drawing upon some of the most important aspects of our Collective Leadership work to make a distinctive coaching offer which places emphasis on:
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the systemic challenge
  • Creative and reflective practices
  • Visual approaches
  • Taking action with others and reflecting on changes
  • Working outdoors, in nature
This is all offered within a coaching framework which will be used to work closely with each individual or team to tailor and apply an approach that works best for them.
We will also be hosting a suite of Coaching Development Workshops over the coming months that will create an opportunity to explore the practice of Coaching for Systemic Change together.
If you are interested in finding out more about Coaching for Systemic Change, please contact us at

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