Shared Leadership: Reframing the Hows and Whys of Leadership brings together the foremost thinkers on the subject and is the first book of its kind to address the conceptual, methodological, and practical issues for shared leadership. Its aim is to advance understanding along many dimensions of the shared leadership phenomenon: its dynamics, moderators, appropriate settings, facilitating factors, contingencies, measurement, practice implications, and directions for the future. The volume provides a realistic and practical discussion of the benefits, as well as the risks and problems, associated with shared leadership. It will serve as an indispensable guide for researchers and practicing managers in identifying where and when shared leadership may be appropriate for organizations and teams.
Chapter 2: Shared Leadership: Paradox and Possibility
Shared Leadership: Paradox and Possibility
New Leadership Practices
Over the past two decades, a shift has occurred in how we think about, understand, and theorize organizational phenomenon. Gone are images of the organization as machine, a black box that can be understood by an analysis of inputs and outputs with leaders at the top who direct and control the process. In its stead is the image of organization as a living, dynamic system of interconnected relationships and networks of influence. This paradigm shift in the image of what an organization is has been accompanied by a corresponding shift in the notion of leadership itself.
New models of leadership recognize that effectiveness in living systems of relationships does not depend on individual, ...