Butter makes a lot of dishes taste better. But use it in every recipe and guests will stop making their way to your table.

A set of pliers is an important tool in every toolbox. You’ll need other devices, however, to solve complex repairs.

The same goes for collaboration. As powerful as the approach is to executing business plans, it’s not a one-size fits all approach. Effective collaborative leaders know when not to use a collaborative approach. For example, they know when a directive or mandate-style is essential or perhaps when consensus is necessary.

In the end, it’s about using the approach that will bring the organization the best value in terms of results – including the effect on people and culture. (Those last two are often missed in evaluating which approach to use.)

Is collaboration required for success? That’s a great question to begin with.


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