The full report and Executive Summary are available online from this UK-based study of 15 organisations which have recently adopted co-leadership in the cultural sector, including 11 case studies describing how the model evolved and works and a section exploring anonymous examples of what can go wrong, and why. The report also draws on a literature review and survey to summarise the main barriers to leadership diversity in the UK.
A study of the benefits of co-leadership in the UK theatre sector and how co-leadership works, based on interviewees with successful co-leaders, plus analysis of the leadership context of the UK gallery sector.
Claire Antrobus, Co-leadership is key to diversity, Arts Professional, 9 March 2023.
A short article based on my research, focussed on the question of diversity.
Wendy Reid and Hilde Fjellvær, Co-Leadership in the Arts and Culture: Sharing Values and Vision, Routledge, 2023.
A highly-recommended comprehensive study of co-leadership in the arts and cultural sector internationally.
Marc Feigen, Michael Jenkins, and Anton Warendh, ‘Is It Time to Consider Co-CEOs?’, July-August 2022, Harvard Business Review Magazine.
Available from: https://hbr.org/2022/07/is-it-time-to-consider-co-ceos
A useful summary of the case for co-leadership including findings from a recent study of businesses that demonstrates improve profitability under co-CEOs.
Ciara Eastell, ‘The Future of Cultural Leadership’, In: Witzel, M., ed. Post-Pandemic Leadership, London: Routledge, 2022, pp.156-168.
An article summarising the challenges facing cultural leaders today and the implications for cultural leadership, including collective leadership models.
Meera Chary, Three non-profits share their approach to co-leadership, The Bridge Span Group, 23 March 2022.
Available from: https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/library/leadership-development/approaches-to-nonprofit-co-leadership
A short article about three US non-profits that have recently introduced co-leadership models.
Belasen, A. T., Belasen, A. M., Belasen, A. R. and Belasen, A. R. 2021. A win-win for health care: promoting co-leadership and increasing women’s representation at the top. Gender in Management: An International Journal. 36(6), pp.762-781.
An academic article exploring gender diversity and co=leadership in healthcare
Capability Jane. 2011. Job Sharing at a Senior Level: making it work. [Online]. Oxted: Capability Jane. [Accessed 7 January 2023]. Available from: https://workingfamilies.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/jobsharekeyfindings.pdf
A practical guide to job-sharing
Denis, J.-L., Langley, A., & Sergi, V. 2012. Leadership in the plural. The Academy of Management Annals.. 5 (1), pp.211–283.
An academic article summarising the current study of collective ('plural') leadership forms.
Kets de Vries. M.F.R. 2021. Two CEOs, No Drama: ground rules for co-leadership. [Online]. INSEAD Knowledge. 30 June 2021. [Accessed 7 January 2023]. Available from: https://knowledge.insead.edu/leadership-organisations/two-ceos-no-drama-ground-rules-co-leadership
A short practical guide to co-leadership
Saxton Bampflyde. 2022. Two’s Good Company: interview with Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, Co-CEOs of Birmingham Museum Trust. [Online]. [Accessed 11 January 2023]. Available from: https://www.saxbam.com/canvas_article/twos-good-company/#
A short feature about the BMT model
Pippa Warin, A Model for Leadership in Uncertain Times, Arts Professional Magazine, 19 April 2022.
An article about co-chairing. Available from: https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/article/model-leadership-uncertain-times
Jamie Pett and Soha Sudtharalingam, 'Two heads are better than one. How we've made co-chairing work', Association of Chairs, 28 February 2022.
Available from: https://www.associationofchairs.org.uk/2022/02/28/co-chairing/
David Micklem, Creative Decision-Making is Better Shared, Arts Professional, March 21 2023. An article about shared artistic leadership roles, the benefits of this approach and examples of new UK models.
Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah reflect on job-sharing as co-leaders, and feminist leadership, in this podcast with Normal Power. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/flexible-working-for-feminist-leadership/id1538606339?i=1000551759556