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Co-Active Leadership

Five Ways To Lead

Co-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead

by Karen and Henry Kimsey-House

Now in its 2nd edition!
Another groundbreaking read from the co-authors of CTI’s best-selling book, Co-Active Coaching
Co-Active Leadership: Five Way To Lead Book

Co-Active Leadership is based on the revolutionary idea that leadership needs to be approached in a multidimensional way, recognizing the need for fluidity and flexibility, enabling leaders to adapt their leadership to the needs of any situation.

Co-Active Leadership offers a proven model for harnessing the possibility of many rather than relying on the power of one. This framework invites us all to share our range of strengths—fostering connection and creating opportunity for shared ownership of collaborative solutions.

The world is urgently calling for Co-Active leadership.

What you’ll learn

  • Why outdated, top-down, one-dimensional leadership styles no longer work, and what skills today’s leaders actually need
  • The Co-Active Leadership Model—Leader Within, Leader in Front, Leader Behind, Leader Beside, and Leader in the Field
  • When and how to use each leadership style in order to create the best outcomes
  • How to collaborate in new ways that allow us to access the diverse talent and abilities of many
  • How to reclaim different aspects of the compassionate, connected, creative leader within you
  • Examples of how people are using the Co-Active Leadership Model with their teams, clients, organizations and families


You should get this book, read it, and do what it says. Karen and Henry wrote the book on coaching, and this current work extends their thinking and research into leadership. Great leaders are almost always great coaches, so this is a chance to learn from the masters.

Dave LoganFaculty member, USC Marshall School of Business

The Co-Active Leadership Model has been a powerful tool in the transformation of our organization from a more traditional structure to one of shared leadership, where everyone feels a sense of responsibility for the whole. It’s been a remarkable shift, and I would recommend this book highly to anyone seeking to enhance participation, unleash creativity, and foster organizational change.

Bill TwistPachamama Alliance