Why it is hard

Co-leadership is not easy. There are three challenges that many novices fear.  Here’s what practitioners say about each.

What practitioners say about challenge #1

  • Co-leadership increases speed relative to the solo model, because you can divide and conquer on many decisions
  • Dialogue improves the quality of decision-making
  • Tie-breaking authority can be assigned to one side

What practitioners say about challenge #2

  • Both sides should be jointly accountable for overall results
  • Partners can define a routine rhythm of interactions, and use positive peer pressure to create daily accountability to execute
  • This increases accountability relative to the solo model, which relies too much on monthly meetings and creates single points of dependency

What practitioners say about challenge #3

  • For many high-stakes leadership roles, the benefits far exceed the costs
  • Design the partnership to reflect where the value is, whether it is reducing strategic or execution errors, increasing productivity and adaptability, reducing dependence on particular individuals, and/or reducing burn-out and attrition