Adaptive Leadership for Collaborations and Collective Impact

Leading collaboration – to tackle complex social issues

Does your work involve complex collaborations? Are you looking to learn practical and effective skills that will help you and your co-collaborators challenge old ways of working, hear and work with diverse views, deal with conflict, create shared meaning, and plan and execute action to create a better future – all while working together?

When you change how you work with different people and organisations the system can change with you.

Register now for this fundamental two-day Masterclass, where you will learn how to engage in new ways, leading and enabling others to collaborate to make real and meaningful change.

The Masterclass content will be based on Collaboration For Impact’s Collaborative Change Cycle, which unpacks the leadership skills and work required at different phases of the collaborative change journey. The theory and application of adaptive leadership is the glue that brings collective impact frameworks and collaborative tools to life.

Do not miss out on an exclusive opportunity to build your skills and knowledge in adaptive leadership and collaboration, to progress your collaboration or collective impact initiative.

What we will cover

  • What is adaptive change
  • Key concepts and skills needed to collaborate effectively with adaptive leadership
  • Building awareness and skills to work across and with different (diverse stakeholders) to enrich innovative outcomes rather than become barriers to progress
  • Understanding and working with power and differences in power (real and perceived)
  • Orchestrating and working with conflict
  • Sustaining yourself and continuing to grow both personally and professionally

Participant outcomes

  • Adaptive Leadership awareness and skills to apply directly to your collaboration
  • Greater understanding of collaborative dynamics and how to lead within a systemic change initiative
  • Practical skills for diagnosing and leading change in complexity
  • Greater capacity to lead systems change and collective Impact, including understanding systems and developing systemic thinking.
  • Skills to build a Learning Culture with diverse interests and power
  • Increased awareness of Systemic and Personal behaviour patterns


Liz Skelton | Director, Collaboration for Impact

Liz brings unique experience, skills and knowledge to the development of collaborations enabling cross sector stakeholder to change the way their systems work together to create positive social change. Liz Skelton has over a decade of experience in Adaptive Leadership, working with leaders in community, government and businesses across Australia to learn the theory and apply the practice of Adaptive Leadership to tackle their toughest challenges.  Liz is a Co- Founder & Director of Collaboration for Impact. In this role, Liz provides support to and curates learning for communities, corporations, governments, philanthropy and non-profit organisations on how to drive large-scale social change in intractable social challenges.  She also lectures on collaborative practice with Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales

Formerly, Liz co-lead the establishment and growth of a national learning and consulting organisation (Social Leadership Australia) For the past two years she has been blending Adaptive Leadership with the Collective Impact Framework, applying this extensive practice to communities working collaboratively across Australia to achieve better outcomes.  Co-author, “The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the Lucky Country”. Aigner G, Allen & Unwin.  “Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together”, 2014.

Tanya James | Associate Collaboration for Impact and Founder at Positive Change and Development

Tanya was the founder of one of Australia’s first and longest running collective impact initiatives. Now as an Associate at Collaboration for Impact she works as a consultant, facilitator and coach supporting emerging and established collective impacts on the journey towards reaching their outcomes. She also has a practice focused on organisational effectiveness and through this designs and facilitates strengths/systems based leadership and organisational development programs focused on culture, strategy and people development. She works with individual leaders and executive teams to help them create vibrant workplaces that are strategically future fit, collaborative and great at developing & looking after their people. Tanya works across the business, government, non-profit and education sectors.

Date & Location

28-29 September | Sydney

Participant feedback

Many thanks for the privilege of being part of the Adaptive Leadership Masterclass.  It was probably the best learning session I have been to – ever – and with over 20 years of educational leadership I have been to many. The Masterclass gave me and my co-collaborators a new lens through which to understand leading and working in complexity. Along with my Co-Chair we immediately applied the theory to our collaborative work, facilitating the Local Area Group’s next meeting using our AL understanding, which resulted in a more collaborative response and commitment to the work.”


  • Govt, Large NFP and Corp – $950 +GST for 2 days

  • Small NFP and Community – $800 +GST for 2 days

  • Terms:  A minimum of 30 participants is required to go ahead.

Registrations are now open



28-29 September 2017


Local Community Services Association (LCSA) - Suite 401, Level 4 , 52-58 William Street , Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011

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