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Organising leadership differently
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2010 (English)In: The 9th International Studying Leadership Conference. Proceedings: Leadership: Missions, Myths and Mysteries, Lund: The School of Economics and Management, Lund University , 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Leadership is for the most part thought of as important for how organisations perform in terms of quality and effectiveness. This paper argues that leadership is organised and thought of in a number of different ways, and that the way leadership is organised has potential to make a difference. The basic form for organising leadership is to appoint one manager to one managerial position. However, such a position can be organised differently if leadership is seen as distributed among two or three people sharing the position on full time basis. Such shared leadership among managers is a scarcity in both organisational and leadership literature. The aim of this paper is to fill this gap by introducing three empirically based perspectives elucidating the phenomenon of sharing managers and what constitutes such leadership: the organisation structural perspective, the task perspective, and the experience perspective. In essence shared leadership among managers entails close cooperation, the sharing of work tasks, and joint responsibility. The most far-reaching form is the joint leadership. Sharing the managerial position is not uncommon in Swedish working life, and can make a difference to organisational performance, influences power relations in unexpected ways, and enhances managers learning. The conclusion is that this alternative way of organising leadership is of value for organisations and an option to offer to managers. This indicates that general leadership arguments ought to take the issue of how leadership is organised into consideration.

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Lund: The School of Economics and Management, Lund University , 2010.
Keyword [en]
competence-bearing relation, shared, distributed, joint leadership, manager, organising, work task
Keyword [sv]
ledarskap, delat ledarskap, organisation, samledarskap, chef, arbetsuppgift, kompetensbärande relation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52942OAI: diva2:389419
ISLC 2010
Available from: 2011-01-19 Created: 2011-01-19

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