BEHAVIORAL GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK
Capturing the efforts, focus and attention of others.
WHAT THE BEHAVIOR ENTAILS
Collaboration requires an outward, rather than an inward focus on one’s self. To be more collaborative may require a different leadership or communication style with various stakeholders to bring them into the fold. It is an essential behavior to ensure others feel included and stay engaged in fulfilling the organization’s goals and objectives. Collaboration encourages sharing of knowledge and inviting others to share theirs, thus providing a more balanced view of the information. Importantly, collaboration is required at all organizational levels and across multiple stakeholders, encompassing supervisors, subordinates, clients, and vendors. With advancements in technology becoming ever more prevalent (e.g., social media, internal and external networks, video conferencing), collaboration occurs not just in person, but also through virtual interactions. Ultimately, relationships are developed through collaboration and cooperation. Although it can take longer for members to collaborate with one another, the benefits include better performance, higher trust, and greater engagement when individuals tap into one another’s strengths.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
To get the best ideas, and encourage higher levels of organizational functioning and effectiveness, leaders must collaborate with others. Inclusion and collaboration can foster higher levels of team cohesiveness and has the potential to unlock creativity. A selfish, knowledge hoarding mentality that seeks to uplift yourself, as opposed to others, discourages employees from fully engaging with the organization and limits their willingness to engage in organizational citizenship behaviors (e.g., helping others).