Sharing Leadership

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Sharing leadership involves maximizing all of the human resources in an organization by empowering individuals and giving them an opportunity to take leadership positions in their area of expertise. Sharing leadership, responsibility, accountability, and authority has advantages and disadvantages. Some leaders prefer not to share leadership at all, but proper leadership sharing can be the key to business success. By passing responsibility on to others, the manager is now free to concentrate on tasks they cannot delegate.

One of the advantages of greater work freedom is the implementation of a flexible work program which allows employees greater scheduling freedom in how they fulfill the obligation of their position. Flex time, is the most common of this. It gives the employees preferences. They can decide the time they begin and end work from a list of available time slots provided they put in the total number of hours required by the employer. Flex time are beneficial because it enable employees to balance their family obligations and their work duties. Flex time, increases productivity of employees because employees who are better able to attend to family needs through flex time are more likely to be contended and productive. It reduces absenteeism because it strengthens commitment and gives employees more time to handle the very situations that sometimes lead to absenteeism. Employee retention is another advantage of the flexible work program. It makes the company an attractive place to work. Other companies are forced to implement similar programs for fear of losing valued employees to a neighborhood competitor.

To minimize the burden of not having enough spare time, some employees look to job sharing-the process of splitting one full-time job between two people in order to take back control of their lives and spend it the way they want. After considering the amount of time they spent at work versus the amount of time they were able...
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