On April 7th Renault, Nissan and Daimler announced the sort of wide ranging strategic that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago in the ultra-competitive world of car manufacturing.

Across many industry sectors leaders have learned that they can’t survive this recession on their own and yet until now our politicians haven’t had to face up to the same challenges of collaboration.

The old ‘master of the universe’ model of leadership has had its time it politics as in business. People understand that successful leaders now need to be able to share control, to handle conflict constructively and build a wide ranging network of relationships.

The lessons of good collaborative leadership are out there if politicians want to learn them.

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