Collective leadership is a style of leadership where multiple individuals exercise their leadership roles within a group – and then the entire group provides leadership to the wider organisation. It’s a fluid and flexible approach to leadership, where roles and resultant accountabilities evolve in response to changing circumstances. As a result, the power of a leadership team practising collective leadership is greater than the sum of the powers of the individual leaders.
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This is the second of three articles on collective leadership and focuses on helping you understand whether you and your leadership colleagues are practising collective leadership. The first article makes the case for greater collective leadership and the third sets out the operating principles for establishing collective leadership.