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Leadership in Action: Learning to Share: How to Meet the Demands of Joint Leadership by Lily Kelly-Radford, Cynthia D. McCauley

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FRUITS OF EXPERIENCE

Our efforts to learn from our experience have yielded insights about how to effectively practice shared leadership. We offer the following advice for those entering into or contemplating a shared leadership position.

Develop the Relationship. To act effectively as one leadership unit, the two leaders need a strong connection between them. A strong relationship is developed, first, by working to understand and value each other. This includes understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses, valuing the strengths, and accepting the weaknesses without trying to change the other person. It also includes understanding each other's perspectives, being open to—and even trying on—the other's perspective. A deeper appreciation ...

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