Public sector leaders have traditionally adopted a ‘heroic’ approach to leadership. Think of ‘super heads’ tasked with turning around a failing school. Today’s challenges such as youth unemployment and obesity demand a broader, more collaborative approach.
Leaders need to recognise the range of different people and organisations involved, and connect effectively with them to build a shared understanding of the issue and collaboratively develop solutions. Such individuals are known as system leaders and are to be found in many positions within organisations.