What Does It Mean to Be a Partner?

  • Larry Peters


This chapter introduces and explores the notion of being a partner, someone who regularly acts in ways to support the business, their customers, and each other. Partnership is a different role for people in our businesses—not in a legal sense, but in an attachment sense. Partners act with a mission to contribute and to do so in ways that might go far beyond a traditional understanding of a work role. They make decisions, they act, they speak up, they push back, they add ideas, they contribute creative ways of thinking about old problems, they take risks, and so forth. Partners do what needs to be done. In white water business realities, businesses need partners to respond in real time to the many challenges and opportunities that an increasingly faster changing business reality brings.

Supplementary material


  1. Peters, L., Richardson, H., & Stephens, G. (2016, December 1–2). Small acts of leadership: Big acts of meaning. Paper presented at the 2nd meaningful work symposium, Auckland.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Peters
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  1. 1.Neeley School of BusinessTexas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA

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