Shared Leadership Essay

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Theoretical Summary Thought Leadership: a radical departure from traditional, positional leadership Mitch McCrimmon Shared leadership and distributed leadership are formed when all members of the team are involved in the leadership of the team. Within this leadership model, there is a shared responsibility for leadership functions. These functions include decision making, planning, organizing, influencing, and allocating resources. Inherent in this model is the assumption that members of the team have developed the ability to exhibit one or many of the leadership functions above. While this model has proven to be applicable during periods of technological advancements, McCrimmon (2005) calls for a model that is less focused on managerial activities and instead more focused on the individual without management responsibilities. In this way, he proposes a new model of leadership called thought leadership. Thought leadership is the innovation of ideas and is essential for success. Thought leaders do not have to be credible, just influential so others can support their ideas. The management of people and the distribution of task are not needed in this form of leadership. Thought leaders are making continuous efforts to create change in their organization by creating innovative ideas. The leader in this model does not have a responsibility to others and does not need the trust of the organization. However, the leaders’ ideas need to be comprehensible so others will support their ideas. While this may be true, those lacking relationship building skills can also demonstrate thought leadership. Therefore, McCrimmon (2005) supports the idea that emotional intelligence is not a prerequisite for thought leadership. Research Critique McCrimmon(2005) uses references from various authors to support his research conclusions on thought leadership. Furthermore, the
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