Shared Leadership: A Primer and Teaching Recommendations for Educators

In this Idea Brief, we review the literature on shared leadership (SL) and provide specific ideas for including SL in curriculum. SL is an emergent team property whereby leadershipfunctions are distributed among the team’s members. Though relatively new to the groups and teams literatures, its strong and positive impact on performance has been well established in extant studies. To encourage and enable its inclusion in future leadership courses, we first provide educators with key information regarding SL conceptualization, measurement, and findings. Next, we offer specific classroom recommendations, including the administration of a SL assessment tool with reflective discussion prompts. We conclude with the anticipated outcomes of implementing our recommendations.