Wendy Talbot PhD – Director
2 March 2020
Introducing the JUST Leadership© Activity Cards
Activity Card 4: Co-operation and Unity
- Principle Māori: Tau utuutu – Reciprocity, giving back what you take, maintain balance
- Western Principle: Creating co-operation and unity through cohesion of all available knowledge, skills and abilities
Relational leadership encourages two-way relationships. This means working relationally and collaboratively on joint or individual initiatives to create co-operation and unity. It involves a stance of “how can we support and encourage each other to thrive”? Collaboration and co-operation are not always easy. People can have very different ideas about things. As Simon Sinek (2017) says, “Cooperation doesn’t mean agreement, it means working together to advance the greater good” (p.206).
Reciprocity is the process of relating for the purpose of enhancing experience and adding value for all parties in the relationship. People who are involved in relationships in which they are valued and enhanced stand the best chance of being more committed, passionate and productive.
Reciprocity is not something that can be expected or achieved through the actions of one person. It is a relational process. However, the stance and spirit with which people engage in relationships can invite others to work together and contribute to reciprocity.
Here are some questions you may wish to consider
• How important is reciprocity in your leadership and organisation?
• What are some of the advantages of reciprocity?
• What are some of the constraints?
Harmsworth, G. (2010). Sustainability and Māori business. In B. Frame, R. Gordon & C. Mortimer,
Hatched: The capacity for sustainable development (pp.97-108). Lincoln, New Zealand: Landcare
Research New Zealand Ltd.
Sinek, S. (2017). Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t. United Kingdom;
 (Harmsworth, 2005)
Adventurous Conversations Ltd work with organisations to develop values driven, people centred, relational and collaborative culture and relationships. Call, email, or book a no obligation 30-minute introductory consultation if you want to turn the tide towards more relational organisational culture and approaches. Click here to contact us or book an appointment.