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Handbook of Public Administration, 3rd Edition by James L. Perry, Robert K. Christensen

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Chapter 27Enacting Collective Leadership in a Shared-Power World

Sonia M. Ospina and Erica Gabrielle Foldy

The idea of collective leadership is starting to take hold. Under many guises—shared, distributed, constructed, and relational leadership are just a few of the terms in use—a quiet revolution is challenging the traditional notion of a single, heroic individual. Instead, the lens has gradually widened from leaders, to leaders and followers, to a complex of shifting and interconnected relationships that more or less successfully drive toward a shared vision and tangible outcomes.

Applying this broader lens of leadership means that we shift from considering only the individual attributes and behaviors of leaders, like their courage or their ...

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