The complexity of distributed forms of leadership in practice
Citation:Youngs, H. (2013). The complexity of distributed forms of leadership in practice. Proceedings in the International Leadership Association Oceania Conference: Building the R & D of Leadership, April 22-24(Ed.), University of Auckland Business School, Auckland
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Distributed leadership is a free-floating concept that is often oversimplified as a mode of leadership and development suitable for twenty-first century organisations, particularly in education. This paper provides an alternative view. It draws on observations of leadership practice to provide a re-conceptualisation to distributed forms of leadership. These forms reveal the complexity of how positional authority and symbolic power co-exist in hybrid configurations to reflect day-to-day practice and provide a deeper sociological frame that can be applied to leadership development.