Collective Leadership: Coming Together to Solve the World’s Biggest Problems


Duration: 54 minutes

CE Instructor: Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, President of bSci21Media, LLC

Abstract: In this audio only event, Todd Ward and Angela Cathey discuss an article by Mattaini and Holtschneider (2017) titled “Collective Leadership and Circles: Not Invented Here” from the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. In doing so, they touch on Skinner’s original vision for the field as a science designed to change the world’s cultural practices for the better.  Specific practices mentioned by the authors include police-community relations, violence, economic inequality, and climate change.  Large-scale social issues such as these present difficult and complex situations to those wishing to change them.  Among the most challenging are the disparate communities involved in such issues, each with competing values, motivations, and perspectives.  This event discusses the role that Behavioral Systems Analysis can play in furthering the science of collective leadership, particularly in the form of circle groups, by identifying key behavioral processes that govern their effectiveness and applying said processes to their continued improvement.  The discussion will cover a variety of topics, including Interlocked Behavioral Contingencies and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and point out embedded contingencies within collective leadership that help to encourage listening and perspective taking, and discourage conflict.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to state one situation under which collective leadership may be a useful problem-solving solution.
  2. Participants will be able to describe at least one behavioral process embedded in circle groups.
  3. Participants will be able to describe at least one area of society in which collective leadership has produced notable effects.

The original citation for Mattaini and Holtschneider’s paper is below:

Mattaini, M., & Holtschneider, C. (2017). Collective leadership: Not invented here.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 126-141.

This course has one lesson, followed by a quiz.

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