Shared Leadership Models

Increasingly, nonprofits are exploring shared leadership models as one potential strategy to expand capacity, leverage complementary strengths, increase organizational stability, and/or align structure with organizational values. People who talk about shared leadership are not always discussing the same thing, however. In some cases, it is used to mean two or more people sharing the role and authority tradition held by a CEO or executive director; at the other end of the spectrum, it refers to a culture where taking leadership is encouraged, nurtured, and mentored at all levels. The following articles explore some different models of “shared leadership” across that spectrum.