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Leadership Shadow Tools


 Hi Folks

Has anybody got any tools - such as surveys, exercises, questionnaires - that will help to highlight the effect of the 'Leadership Shadow' in an organisation.

Many thanks.

Jarlath Duffy

3 Responses

  1. What?


    Please define your understanding of the ‘leadership shadow’.



  2. Leadership Shadow

     Hi Martin

    Thanks for your clarifying question. This is essentially what I mean by the ‘ Leadership Shadow Concept’:

    It is where those in positions of leadership and power, through their behaviour and actions tend to influence the behaviour and actions of those below them, thus ‘casting a shadow’ across the organisation.

    Best regards.


  3. Oh, I get it!

    Thanks for that clarification, Jarlath. Interesting!

    I’m not sure if the word ‘shadow’ is meant to imply some kind of negative aspect, but…

    I don’t know of any tools per se, but given your definition, I’m thinking the following…

    If you’re looking to get some primary data for research, why not survey/interview people and ask a simple question:

    "Describe (1 or more) situations where the way somebody in a leadership position behaved changed the decisions you made. What were the consequences, implications and outcomes?"

    If looking to explore this in a training activity, why not have a group discussion around the same question – individuals each share a story and the group (perhaps several groups in the 1 class, depending on size) then look for any common themes, outcomes or behaviours present in everybody’s answers. Challenge them to identify the potential upsides and downsides of this phenomenon.




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