Job search
Job Search

Andy Reed

Collaborative Leadership

Published in Sports Management 2020 issue 2
Read on turning pages | Download PDF of this issue
Working together will create better opportunities for physical activity at all levels / shutterstock
Working together will create better opportunities for physical activity at all levels/ shutterstock

Having moved out of government and into the arena of public policymaking, I've become fascinated by the need for a better understanding and implementation of a collaborative leadership model within the sport and physical activity sector.

Collaborative leadership is a management practice that aims to bring managers, executives and staff out of their silos and, instead, work together.

In collaborative workplaces, information is shared organically and everyone takes responsibility for the whole.

WORKING TOGETHER
Time after time I hear the sector ask the government for a joined-up approach and cross-departmental working. I fully endorse this, but it's hard to make the case when the sector still seems way too fractured.

The sector's reaction to a government funding announcement should be “how do we, as a sector, most effectively work together and use the money to provide a solution" – not "how do we, as an individual organisation, get our hands on the money". I have witnessed the latter personally in some of the roles I've held.

It's important to realise that, as we move into a wider policy remit, which covers sport and physical activity, our competitors are not others in our sector – but those competing for our audience time and money. The Sport England strategy consultation only confirms the direction of travel. We are here to change the system, as well as to deliver ‘activity’ ourselves. In fact, I argue consistently that shifting transport and planning policy will have the biggest impact on our physical activity levels – rather than the direct investment in sport

The money available for direct investment in sport through the DCMS and its NDPBs is minuscule – about the same as the NHS spends in a day. Therefore talk of whole-system thinking and the ecosystem become more important.

Our system is complex and yet all interrelated. I make the case consistently that we need to be working collaboratively at two levels.

Firstly, we need to do it within the sector. I'm in a fortunate position, hovering above the entire sector with a helicopter view. And I have to be honest – while things are better at a leadership level, they're not improving quickly enough through the whole system.

Secondly, we need to learn to collaborate much better with those outside of our sector – and those that we need to influence. We need a level of humility when approaching other agendas. The extended workforce put in place by Sport England should give us a valuable resource and lots of lessons.

US President Harry Truman once said that it is "amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit" – and he was right. If we create an environment where collaborative leadership is the norm, we can achieve so much more.

Andy Reed
"Our competitors are not the others in our sector – but those competing for the audience, time and money of our sector" - Andy Reed, founder, Sports Think Tank
Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Sports jobs
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Ashfield, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Sutton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stroud, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Ashfield, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Yateley, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Fareham, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Lifeguards

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nationwide, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coaches

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nationwide, United Kingdom

Nationwide Apprenticeships Now Available

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nationwide, UK

General Manager

Xercise4Less
Salary: Competitive
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

General Manager

Xercise4Less
Salary: Competitive
Location: Dundee, Dundee City, United Kingdom

General Manager

Xercise4Less
Salary: Competitive
Location: St Helens, Merseyside, UK

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Watford, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: West Lindsey, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: St Albans, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nuneaton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Washington, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Rossmore, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Fleet, United Kingdom
training with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Alton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Slough, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bordon, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Spelthorne, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Blaby, United Kingdom
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  recreation assistant jobs  apprenticeships jobs  personal trainer jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  duty manager jobs  assistant manager jobs  general manager jobs  assistant general manager jobs  Catering Assistant jobs  Customer Services Advisor jobs 
More jobs

Catalogue Gallery

JP Lennard: Leading supplier to Commercial Swimming Pools, Leisure Centres, Health & Fitness Clubs, Hotels, Holiday Parks, Schools and Universities, supplying thousands of products directly into these sectors.
JPL

Company profile

Company profile: Pavigym
PAVIGYM is the premier innovator of flooring and interactive solutions for the global fitness industry.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Incorpore and MoveGB ink groundbreaking partnership to transform corporate wellness offering
Incorpore and MoveGB have entered into a landmark partnership, combining the UK’s largest provider of corporate gym memberships with the nation’s biggest network of classes.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: Greywell, Hampshire
Company: Barnsgrove Health and Wellness Club
Location:
Company: Derby City Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

04 Jun 2020
Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, United Kingdom
13 Jun 2020
Worldwide, Various
06-07 Jul 2020
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
28-31 Aug 2020
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
More diary dates