The purpose of this research is to verify key attributes, benefits, and deficiencies of the co-leadership model. Does co-leadership encourage more thoughtful decisions, provide checks and balances, and better support in a complex environment? Explanatory sequential mixed method research was employed to determine qualitative and quantitative measurable impacts. A sample group of 14 co-leaders, formally and informally paired, from the profit and not-for-profit sector were surveyed. The survey consisted primarily of Likert-type Scale queries to test assumed attributes and benefits and open-ended questions used to identify unanticipated attributes, benefits, and deficiencies. In depth interviews were conducted with three individuals who have served under the co-leadership model to determine key factors that lead to successful implementation. Results were verified using inter-rater reliability and shared with participants in hopes that more organizations will recognize and endorse co-leadership as a legitimate model that better supports sustained leadership in an increasingly complex world.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Leadership -- Case studies; Decision making; Organizational effectiveness -- Case studies
Date of Award
Graziadio Business School
Schaffer, Regan Harwell
Yankee, Daryl K., "A measure of attributes and benefits of the co-leadership model: is co-leadership the right fit for a complex world?" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 797.