Shared Leadership: Reframing the Hows and Whys of Leadership

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Craig L Pearce, Jay A. Conger
SAGE Publications, 2003 - Business & Economics - 330 pages
In recent years, scholars have argued that leadership is an activity shared or distributed among members of a group or organization. This line of thinking is gaining attention among leadership scholars, yet our understanding of the dynamics and opportunities for shared leadership is still quite primitive. Given the infancy of the field, it is timely to introduce a volume on the subject that significantly enhances our knowledge. 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. Edited by leading authorities Craig L. Pearce and Jay A. Conger, with contributions from the top experts in the field, Shared Leadership is an ideal text for management, education, and communication courses in leadership, teamwork, organizational behavior, and small groups. In addition, practicing consultants will find this an invaluable reference in their leadership and team development programs.

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About the author (2003)

Craig Pearce is an Assistant Professor of Management at The Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. He won the Center for Creative Leadership’s Walter F. Ulner Applied

Research Award in 1998 for work in the area of shared leadership.

Jay Conger is Professor and Chairman of the Leadership Institute at USC. Prior to joining USC, he taught on the faculties of Harvard, INSEAD, and McGill. He has published four books, including one with Sage on charismatic leadership that won a CHOICE award in 1998. In addition, he has published extensively in the major academic journals

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