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After the devastating scandal of Enron and others, I can understand why organizations are investing in learning about leadership. Scholars are looking into the idea of collective leadership which involves a collaboration among team members who work toward a common goal (Uhl-Bien, Osborn, & Schermherhorn, 2014). Collective leadership uses the differences among team members to further benefit the organization, experience is pooled rather than considered individually (Uhl-Bien, Osborn, & Schermherhorn, 2014).
Scholars might be talking about collective leadership because the ability to place trust in one leader is fleeting. If we look at how many individuals gained a followership then lost their reputation because of selfish actions, the importance of a collective leadership is clear. Instead of placing trust and power into that of one individual, a collective format would encourage a collaboration among team members. The unity within a team working toward a common purpose gives each member a sense of accountability and importance. With more than one collaborating, if one member falls short the team can decide how best to continue in the direction they want to go.
Uhl-Bien, M., Osborn, R. N., & Schermherhorn, J. R. (2014). Organizational Behavior (13th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN: 9781118517376