Shared Leadership: A State-of-The-Art Review and Future Research Agenda

Forthcoming, Journal of Organizational Behavior

55 Pages Posted: 24 May 2018

See all articles by Jinlong Zhu

Jinlong Zhu

Renmin University of China

Zhenyu Liao

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

Kai Chi Yam

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Management and Organization

Russell Johnson

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Date Written: May 4, 2018

Abstract

The traditional “great man” approaches to leadership emphasize qualities of individual leaders for leadership success. In contrast, a rapidly growing body of research has started to examine shared leadership, which is broadly defined as an emergent team phenomenon whereby leadership roles and influence are distributed among team members. Despite the progress, however, the extant literature on shared leadership has been fragmented with a variety of conceptualizations and operationalizations. This has resulted in little consensus regarding a suitable overarching theoretical framework and has undermined developing knowledge in this research domain.

To redress these problems, we provide a comprehensive review of the growing literature of shared leadership by:

1) clarifying the definition of shared leadership,

2) conceptually disentangling shared leadership from other theoretically overlapping constructs,

3) addressing measurement issues, and

4) developing an integrative framework of the antecedents, proximal and distal consequences, and boundary conditions of shared leadership.

We end our review by highlighting several new avenues for future research.

Keywords: shared leadership; teams; measurement; framework; review

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Jinlong and Liao, Zhenyu and Yam, Kai Chi and Johnson, Russell, Shared Leadership: A State-of-The-Art Review and Future Research Agenda (May 4, 2018). Forthcoming, Journal of Organizational Behavior. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3173593

Jinlong Zhu

Renmin University of China ( email )

Room B906
Xianjin Building
Beijing, Beijing 100872
China

Zhenyu Liao (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1133
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

Kai Chi Yam

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Management and Organization ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

Russell Johnson

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824-1121
United States

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