The Why! Successfully leading a company into the future is no longer about 30-year strategic plans, or even 5- or 10-year roadmaps. It’s about people across an organization adopting a strategic mindset and working in flexible teams that allow companies to respond to evolving technology and external risks like geopolitical conflict, pandemics, and the climate crisis. Top leaders are flipping the hierarchy upside down. https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/why-distributed-leadership-future-management
The Nuts & Bolts: Distributed leadership is primarily concerned with the practice of leadership rather than specific leadership roles or responsibilities. It equates with shared, collective and extended leadership practice that builds the capacity for change and improvement.
Distributed leadership means mobilising leadership expertise at all levels in the school in order to generate more opportunities for change and to build the capacity for improvement. The emphasis is upon interdependent interaction and practice rather than individual and independent actions associated with those with formal leadership roles or responsibilities.
In summary, it is ‘leadership by expertise’ rather than leadership by role or years of experience. Genuine distributed leadership requires high levels of trust, transparency and mutual respect.
In very practical terms, to be most effective, distributed leadership has to be carefully planned and deliberately orchestrated. It won’t just happen and if it does, there is no guarantee that it will have any positive impact. Letting a thousand flowers bloom is not distributed leadership.
The implication for those in formal leadership roles is that they have a key role to play in creating the conditions for distributed leadership to occur. They have to create the opportunities for others to lead. https://www.teachermagazine.com/au_en/articles/distributed-leadership
The End Game: Ultimately, implementing a true distributed leadership approach requires patience, trust and a genuine belief that your school can become more effective as a result of investing time, effort and resource into developing the professional capital of your staff. https://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/distributed-leadership-explained/