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Distributed Leadership

Distributed leadership is best described as a flexible approach to leadership that goes beyond individual leaders in positions of authority to the engagement of many experts in leadership. A distributed leadership approach involves the collaborative engagement of many individuals based on their various expertise, through which collaborative relationships are built. It occurs as a result of an open culture in which participants trust and respect others’ expertise and requires a holistic approach by an organisation in providing processes, support, and resources to enable collaborative relationships to develop.

Distributed leadership requires both professional development to assist experts to engage in leadership and shared recognition and reward to acknowledge leadership contributions. It is underpinned by a flexible approach that supports analysis and reflection on past actions with ...

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