Why collaboration Wins over Command and Control

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With a growing pressure for organizations to stay afloat with the dynamically changing pace of the business world, no one individual can be held responsible or fully aware of all the red flags.

.In contrast to the traditional “command and control” management style in which high-level executives made decisions that trickled down to employees without offering any insight into the how’s and why’s of those decisions, Collaborative Leadership comes across as a refreshing management practice in which members of leadership teamwork together across sectors to make decisions and keep their organization thriving.

While the objective of the traditional model was that absolute responsibility builds absolute trust. Ironically, this model often achieves exactly the opposite of its intended effect, the shift in movement is now directed towards a more collaborative, innovative approach allowing for executives around the world to be more open encouraging the whole team to contribute to the overall success. Working collaboratively creates an inclusive environment, allows individuals to be more creative, daring and striving towards excellence, trust, ensures problems are kept at bay, solutions are sought flexibly, and the organization only grows stronger from there on.

Embracing collaboration at the executive level, fosters a sense of unity among managers, allowing them to make effective business decisions quickly, set and maintain the organization’s core values, and strategically address issues as a single, cohesive team.

Alongside an increase in innovation, studies show that this type of environment also sparks productivity among employees. Forbes reported that a recent joint study found companies that “promoted collaborative working were five times as likely to be high performing.”

Tips for a successful collaborative leadership

Articulate an unobstructed vision : Without an organization’s leaders setting “an unobstructed vision that collaboration is going to be part of the culture of the organization”, professionals will struggle to know what they are working on and will eventually lack the inspiration needed to break boundaries.
Lead by example : To inspire your team to operate collaboratively, the team needs to see leaders setting and modelling collaborative behavior.
Create the right environment : Being good listeners, trustworthy, transparent, and focused on building relationships are a few of the factors that collaborative leaders must embrace.

Workplace trends that led to the rise of collaborative leadership

Trend #1: Innovations in collaboration technology

Digital collaboration tools such as video conferencing, instant messaging, and the use of digital project management, time management, and customized operational programs in the workplace have been highly instrumental in bringing about the shift toward a more collaborative approach in leadership by breaking down many physical and metaphorical barriers among employees and allowing teams to work more closely.

A Deloitte study indicated that workers were 17 percent “more satisfied with their workplace culture when they had access to effective digital collaboration tools and found these tools to create a sense of transparency within their organization.

Trend #2: The rise in cross-functional collaboration

Another key shift, the emergence of state-of-the-art collaboration technology has created in the workplace was to break down the siloed structure in traditional organizations. This has created the rise of cross-functional collaboration and leveraging the strengths of a unified team of talented individuals can make a bigger impact on a company’s success than a single leader ever could. This then creates dynamic, agile teams we see in many of today’s top-performing organizations.

Trend #3: Data-based decision-making

The business world has seen a rise in data-driven decision-making (DDDM). AI and Machine Learning software are used to collect, organize, and present business-related data to leadership teams across industries, resulting in a vast array of information from which executives draw conclusions and make impactful, data-based decisions.

In a post-pandemic world, with hybrid work becoming the norm, globally, 58% of knowledge workers are working in hybrid arrangements.

The concept of Connect and Collaborate, in the 21st century, is the need of the hour for organizations looking to innovate themselves. This new thinking concept indicates that intelligence and creativity are dispersed broadly throughout an organization, and in many cases, the best decisions are made by the associates who are closest to the situation to be resolved.

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