Management Tip of the Day: Make shared leadership work

Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:24am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Having trouble finding the right person for that leadership role?

Perhaps there isn't one particular person with all the necessary capabilities, experiences, and interests. Consider spreading the responsibilities across several people.

Allow the most qualified person -- rather than the most senior person -- to step up to the leadership task. This gives all competent people the chance to demonstrate their leadership prowess.

To lay the groundwork for this type of organizational flattening, create a climate in which people feel free to take on new assignments and managers are thought of as resources rather than authorities."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Sharing Leadership to Maximize Talent" by Marshall Goldsmith.

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