Collaborative Leadership

The need for Public Sector and Civil Service managers to rely on effective collaboration within their own organisation and with others in outside bodies has been steadily increasing.  Effective leadership is the first, and one of the most vital, steps towards achieving organisational goals and with so many projects across the Civil Service and Public Sector requiring collaboration between departments and organisations, simply being able to lead within your team is not enough to ensure success.

Collaborative leadership is essential to bring about and sustain such mutually supportive working, but it is only possible if those in leadership positions understand why and how the critical barriers should be broken down. Those who wish to be truly effective in their leadership role must be able to work efficiently with both internal and external partners, who may make very different and challenging demands.

Part of the Leadership and Management series, Collaborative Leadership: Success Through Synergy-Maximising Partnership is a half-day in-house training course by Clair Fisher designed to equip delegates with the skills and approaches required for leading top teams and building successful partnerships.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Please note that this course is available to be delivered as In-House only training.

Key features:

  • Key ingredients of an effective collaborative working
  • Collaborative leadership and its impact
  • What gets in the way
  • Building institutional support and forward momentum

Designed for:

This in-house course is suitable for Public Sector and Civil Service managers who have to bring together a diverse group of team members and key external players to achieve demanding results.

This is especially useful for those tasked with leading complex cross-cutting projects that call for high-level aptitudes in promoting consensus and cooperation with contrasting partners.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will learn to persuade and support others to collaborate effectively in the pursuit of shared goals, overcome obstacles, as well as identify and develop priority actions to promote a more collaborative organisational culture.

Delegates will also gain a deeper awareness and readiness from thinking through what priority actions to take when they are back at base to promote this collaborative approach.  


Face to Face

13:00 - 17:00


£550 + VAT


Available to be delivered In-House


In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.


Lead Trainer

Clair Fisher

Clair Fisher

Clair is passionate about excellent Public Services and began her career in the Civil Service, quickly rising to senior positions. After working as a Director of a Charity, she now delivers leadership, strategy & policy training across various government departments.

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Clair Fisher

Clair Fisher

Clair’s career began in the Civil Service, where she worked in the Department for Constitutional Affairs (Now Ministry of Justice), the Home Office, and the Government Office for the South East.  

Clair rose quickly to hold senior roles and worked closely with Ministers to lead complex projects during turbulent and challenging times.  Her expertise is in development and improvement work with senior leaders and their teams, as well as managing collaborative projects and delivering within complex organisational structures.

More recently Clair has been involved in delivering extensive training for many Public Sector organisations and Government departments.  She runs popular bespoke versions of our open courses for a wide range of clients including the Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council, Bromley Borough Council, Medical Research Council and the IOPCC.

Clair is an associate tutor on the SOAS Public Policy MSC, an advisor to the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, on the peer review panel for the Evidence and Policy Journal, and a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Higher Education Academy.


  • ILM 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching
  • MBA (Distinction), University of Brighton
  • ACCA Diploma in Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) History with Law, UEA
  • PGCert Higher Education Teaching and Learning




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