The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.



Delivering positive impacts for forests, markets, and people today and tomorrow require leadership skills that go way beyond technical knowledge.

Multi-sector leaders must be capable of partnering with others to lead fundamental shifts rather than surface-level fixes. 

Consequently, FSC approached us for developing and improving the leadership and facilitation skills of their Standard Development Group Coordinators.


Twenty-six leaders of the Forestry Network engaged in online and offline workshops to codify their best practices and field tested skills.

The three month process collected their conscious knowledge and unconscious wisdom of successful multi-stakeholder collaboration processes and strategic stakeholder alignment.

Together, they developed an FSC specific facilitation and leadership model.


  • Design of individual and collective leadership process

  • Codifying a shared success model

  • Developing a shared language to ensure cross learning

  • Capturing conscious knowledge and unconscious wisdom of successful leadership tactics 

  • Development of a peer to peer support structure to ensure an independent continuation of the leadership training process

Using some of these tools earlier means avoiding certain problems later!
— Participant | FSC Forest Network Leadership Process