How co-creative leadership came into my life

Co-creative leadership was born in a surprising way for me.

Steffan Surdek
May 15, 2017
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How it started for me

A few years ago, I was delivering a presentation at a local user group meeting. During the question and answer period, I went off on a little rant on leadership challenges I see in at clients.

That rant spawned an article you will find on this site called "The Silent Leadership Crisis". For me, it was the first time that I put tangible words around the leadership mindset I coach my clients towards. I call this mindset Co-creative leadership.

In the fall of that year, I joined the Forbes Coaches Council. I decided to use their platform to talk more about co-creative leadership. The first article I wrote for Forbes was "Why leaders need to get more co-creative". You will see that I republished the article here as well.

I am very passionate about it and I incorporate this leadership mindset in everything that I do. From when I work with my own team to when I deliver Management 3.0 courses. It is also my approach when working with clients and the direction I coach the leaders to be.

An overview of co-creative leadership

I recorded this video in the fall of 2016 as I was building some new marketing materials for my site. In this video you will find many of the key ideas behind Co-creative Leadership!

The half-day that I spent with a videographer friend of mine recording the video was really amazing! We managed to get permission to film in a cool area of the public library where I live and we recorded all the material in an interview format. Basically the videographer asked me a set of questions and I went off on different topics.

From a behind the scenes perspective, the editing of this video was a stellar example of co-creative leadership between us. We each dared to put out ideas and challenge one another in order to get to the end result of this video. I am really proud of what we produced together.

Check our our intro article on co-creative leadership and the five key skills a co-creative leader needs to master for a more detailed view.

Feel free to reach out to chat about co-creative leadership or talk about having me speak at your next event!