Investigating Distributed Leadership Practices in Pakistani Universities

  • Syeda Rabia Mushtaq PhD Scholar, Department of STEM Education Lahore College for Women University, Lahore Pakistan
  • Dr. Fakhra Aziz Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
Keywords: Distributed Leadership, Public Universities, Sharing Responsibilities, Unity of Purpose


The research study aimed to probe distributed leadership practices, the most and the least prevailed practices in public universities of Lahore. The study also aimed to find gender-based differences in prevalence of distributed. The study was conducted in a quantitative paradigm and a survey technique was used to collect data. The population was consisted of all general public universities located in Lahore (6). Three universities were selected through random strata sampling. Among them one was women and two were mixed general universities. Randomly 300 faculty members were selected to get the questionnaire filled. Distributed leadership questionnaire (Özkan and Çakır,2017) was adopted. SPSS version 20 was used to analyse the data through descriptive and Inferential statistics. It was found that distributed leadership was prevailed in public universities. In women university it was more prevailed than mixed universities. Further there was difference in prevalence of different dimensions of distributed leadership. In women university, practices related to sharing responsibilities and unity of purpose were comparatively more prevailed as compared to mixed universities where rest of three dimensions of distributed leadership were more prevailed. It was suggested that factors behind these differences should be explored through conducting researches in broader context including private sector universities also.