Following on from our Skoll World Forum session, “From heropreneurship to collective leadership”, we share practical guidance, insights and tools from working with a range of inspirational leaders. 

Co-leadership is proving an emerging trend from start-ups to multinationals. From co-founders of start-ups, to CEOs looking to bring in others to help lead and grow their business, many are seeing the benefits of a more collaborative approach, including: 

  • improved wellbeing, with the sharing of reponsibilities and workload.
  • better decision making, with a diverse set of skills, perspectives and background.  
  • a more sustainable team, avoiding over-dependency on any individual, with succession planning.  


With their kind permission, we are profiling a new leadership team each month, sharing their journey and insights. Upcoming stories include: 

  • A Founder’s journey : An ambitious social enterprise combining strong leadership with self-organising, to achieve healthy growth and wellbeing for all
  • Learnings from self-management: : The story of two co-founders stepping back
  • For Profit & Purpose:  Leaders collaborating at a multinational, working together for purpose 

In the meantime, you can learn about our honeycomb framework that facilitates collective leadership, and read our articles our articles “The Dance of Leadership”  and  “Shared leadership: How thriving leadership teams are evolving”. 

Devolving power

Co-founder, Ruth Nussbaum, with the support of her COO, Le Chen, have evolved Proforest into a shared leadership structure, with a hybrid approach combining matrix, hierarchical and franchising models.

From North to South

Following up with Bonnie Chiu, Founder of Lensational, having transitioned power and resources to Kenya.

Co-leading through uncertainty

Debbie Croft and Natalie Wilkins, co-founders of Thriving Talent have navigated and grown their social business through the pandemic, adapting to the market and needs of the community.

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