Party season is upon us. No, not festive parties but political ones. With those, especially in sight of a general election, comes a stark illustration of the importance of collaboration in leadership and a difficult lesson about what it might take to produce a win-win solution. More importantly, this week’s competitive posturing suggests that not only are we a long way from win-win but the direction of travel is less than favourable. My concern is that in the interests of winning, we will all lose, as collectively we work on the wrong problem in the wrong way for the wrong reasons. I could not have designed a better scenario to reinforce a fundamental aspect of SUCCESSFUL leadership – that it seeks to achieve with and through people, in collaboration, rather than in spite of, or in competition with.