Conceptual model of distributed leadership

The conceptual model of the encompassing nature of distributed leadership  can be illustrated as an umbrella, as shown below. 



The conceptual model shows:

  • that the engagement of many people contributes to a more shared, collaborative approach to leadership.
  • the four dimensions of distributed leadership of context, culture, change and relationships are enabling  factors in its introduction
  • people, processes, support and systems as criteria needed to enact distributed leadership.
  • the activities to encourage distributed leadership include the provision of professional development, facilitation, mentoring, collective decision making, communities of practice (CoPs), networking, finance, space and time and recognition and reward.
  • the means to evaluate distributed leadership focus on engagement, collaboration, building leadership capacity.
  • the characteristic of distributed leadership is a process that involves continual change that is based on reflection on past actions and is reflected as an emergent element of distributed leadership.