Shared leadership in the military: Reality, possibility, or pipedream?

Douglas R. Lindsay, David V. Day, Stanley M. Halpin

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Shared leadership involves building a broader and deeper capacity for leadership that goes beyond a formally appointed leader. Several models of team leadership are reviewed, distinguishing between the leadership of teams from leadership in teams. Shared leadership is a variant of the latter in which everyone on the team is responsible for leadership and where leadership emerges through patterned interactions of team members. Overall, shared leadership appears to be a possibility for the military- and one that is needed because of the increasing complexity of missions-but efforts need to be undertaken to incorporate it into formal training and doctrine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-549
Number of pages22
JournalMilitary Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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