Are you really ready for new ways of working and organizing?

The Going Horizontal movement is here to support YOU and YOUR mission with experiential Trainings, an international Community of Practitioners, a Resource Commons and the book Going Horizontal.

Welcome to Going Horizontal: Propelling personal, organizational and system change. Practical methods, tools and strategies at the core of collaborative ways of working and organizing. It’s an invitation to horizontal leadership for all!


What is Horizontal Leadership? 

It’s a mindset that starts with you. It’s practical methods, tools and strategies that anyone and any organisation can use. It’s individual, organisational, community – and ultimately – system change, because we believe in a fairer, socially just world. And it’s all about practice – one step at a time! 

Are you a purpose-driven individual ready to bring your full self to work? Someone ready to take action around a topic that you care about such as climate change? Or an organization daring to re-think your collaboration model? Then you are in the right place!

You don’t need to wait for permission from hierarchy
to start practicing horizontal ways of working.

The book Going Horizontal

Hierarchy in organizations is obsolete. There is a better way: one that increases the engagement of employees and managers alike, reduces micromanaging and other limiting approaches, and promotes organizational and individual success.

Discover Going Horizontal

Discover 7 domains of practice, doorways into developing a more horizontal culture and mindset.

Upcoming Trainings

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At the heart of Going Horizontal is a growing international community.

We walk our talk by practicing together and with others – in person and online. Anyone who has attended a Going Horizontal training is welcome to join the community of practitioners. 



Download free resources developed by the community. Share resources that you develop. These resources are complementary to the Going Horizontal book.

Let’s get a few myths about horizontal organisations out of the way…

Horizontal is not flat!

Functioning in a more horizontal and participatory way creates a LEADERFUL organization where each person is in their full potential, no matter their role. 

Horizontal is not chaotic!

It requires a clear structure, explicit principles and parameters. Purpose is the invisible leader. 

Horizontal is not just for small organizations!

Horizontal ways are productive and function no matter the size of your organization (read Reinventing Organizations for data and examples) – and even if you are organizing as citizen initiatives.

Horizontal means
relating to colleagues
at the same level,
adult to adult.

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