The DAC Framework: Creating shared direction, alignment, and commitment

quoteHow would you know if leadership is happening in a team, in a workgroup, on a task force, or across the organization? Look for three important outcomes: direction, alignment and commitment (DAC).

Making Leadership Happen, Cindy McCauley


The outcomes of effective leadership are Direction, Alignment, and Commitment (DAC). DAC enables us to get from where we are now to a successful future.

  • Direction: Agreement on goals
  • Alignment: Coordination of shared work
  • Commitment: Group trust, motivation, and responsibility

Each of us can bring aspects of direction, alignment and commitment to the leadership process. People working together can collectively improve DAC. One way is for individual leaders to facilitate this increase.

People need shared direction, alignment, and direction to work together effectively. Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ helps groups of people reflect on how they create DAC now, and on what kind of DAC they need in the future. Creating and maintaining DAC is what makes leadership happen. The sequence below shows a group choosing cards for present and future desired leadership (for each of the other main groups they interface with), sticking them to a chart with a narrative, and then distilling out the essential shift in the leadership culture that need to happen.

More on DAC in this guide:






See more Leadership Essentials for Change™ here.


About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth & Steadman Harrison III

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Steadman Harrison III is CEO of Go Innovation and Senior Associate in Africa for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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