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Interdependent Leadership

Key Idea

This form of leadership suggests that the age of the heroic leader has ended. Leadership is no longer located within any single individual, but a collective and shared activity. Dialogue, collaboration, and horizontal networks are key concepts of interdependent leadership.

Article to Read

Developing Interdependent Leadership
by Charles Palus, John McGuire and Christ Ernst 
In the volume The Handbook for Teaching Leadership (2012)

Quick Take from the Book

Interdependent leaders are jointly responsible for three outcomes:

  1. Direction: Where is the organization headed?
  2. Alignment: How will we organize our organizations to maximize our shared knowledge and responsibility?
  3. Commitment: How can we strengthen our organization to maximize our shared knowledge and responsibility? 

Quote of Note

"We hold this truth to be self-evident: The natural world, our lives, our work, and our collective well-being are interdependent. Everything is, or will be, connected.’" 

Related Styles: Boundary-spanning LeadershipComplexity LeadershipPrimal Leadership

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