• Cynder Sinclair

    Many thanks for this well written and documented article on shared leadership. This is a concept I believe in and have practiced for many years. It has been interesting to see the wide range of responses to shared leadership when actually practiced in the workplace. It can be powerful and effective; and also unsettling for some staff members.

    I would be very interested to find out if anyone has found a way to include board members and other stakeholders in this practice of shared leadership. In theory, it sounds like an obvious extension to include board members; however, I wonder if they would become too enmeshed in the operational aspects of the organization to the point of micromanaging. If board members begin to micromanage, staff members might pull back since they tend to see board members as having a higher ranking in the organization. It might be a rare board member who could operate in the ambiguity of governance and operations. I sure would like to hear some success stories though because I would love to know if it is possible/practical to include board members in shared leadership.