Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Emerging Phenomenon of Shared Leadership: The Experiences of Co-CEOs
by Wean, Zachary B., Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2020, 84; 27999630
Abstract (Summary)

Chief executive officers (CEOs) have generally held their positions single-handedly and been solely responsible for the performance of their organizations, albeit with the support of boards of directors and other senior level employees. The unique and rare instance of multi-CEOs is a structure where two or more leaders share the top position and are accountable to one another in their various roles. The topic of Co-CEOs has been a relatively untapped, but worthy area of study. This qualitative research study explored the phenomenon of shared leadership through the lived experiences of six Co-CEOs. Through interviews, a narrative inquiry facilitated the collection, analysis, and presentation of their stories. The Co-CEOs individually addressed the following primary request: Please share your story, including the process that led you to become a Co-CEO, and the professional experiences from that decision. Prompting questions were used to clarify as needed. The coding and analysis of the data supported the development of thematic constructs. Eight themes were identified: (a) Clear roles and responsibilities, (b) External perceptions of the title, (c) Like a marriage, (d) Accomplishing more, (e) Valuing a feminine approach, (f) Recognition of diversity, (g) Uncanny connection, and (h) Contemplated decision-making. The study answered the overarching research question: What are the experiences of leaders participating in co-leadership positions? The shared leadership model is an innovative way to address the unique organizational needs in our world’s everchanging environments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Camden-Anders, Sherry
Commitee: Baker, Shirley
School: Alliant International University
Department: San Francisco, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Organization Theory
Keywords: Co-CEOs, Innovative, Model, Shared leadership, Structure
Publication Number: 27999630
ISBN: 9798635210826
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