An Analysis Of Peter Gronn 's Article ' Distributed Leadership As A Unit Of Analysis

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Conventionally, leadership had been long assumed to be thought of the following of a group or many a groups under a single leader, as described in Peter Gronn 's article "Distributed Leadership as a unit of analysis.” However, according to Gronn, this traditional form of thinking where one person or unit rules all (“leadership is basically doing what the leader wants done”) is faulty and ultimately leads to a counterproductive performance from the group as a whole, as everything falls upon one layer of responsibility. In addition, he identifies three major chinks in the solo-style leadership model’s armor: the almost-too simplistic dualism of the “leader-follower” set-up; the exact qualifications of what constitutes a leader and said leader’s leadership (which harkens back to the classic English idiom, “Who died and made you king?”); and anti-leadership, which as its name suggests, is the dismay of the idea of any form of necessary leadership. Rather, what the article suggests is leaning towards the opposite end of the spectrum; a multilayered infrastructure of leadership and command - a “distributed leadership.” What is distributed leadership, exactly? "Distributed Leadership for learning and teaching is a leadership approach in which collaborative working is undertaken between individuals who trust and respect each other’s contribution. It occurs as a result of an open culture within and across an institution. It is an approach in which reflective practice is an integral

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