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!


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Hierarchy in organizations is obsolete.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.

The Going Horizontal book is available in English in print, ebook and audio book at your local bookstores. And translations are emerging!

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.

Let’s get a few myths about horizontal organizations 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.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking
we used when we created them.”

– Albert Einstein

Discover Going Horizontal

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


At the heart of Going Horizontal is a growing international community of practitioners. We connect through a shared desire to activate personal leadership. We commit to shaping and practicing new organizational, social and economic systems.

Our stories about bringing life back to work


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

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