Fractional leadership: a new era of corporate management

17. June 2024 – Mandy Weinand

In an ever-changing business world, organisations are looking for flexible and cost-effective ways to adapt their leadership structures. Fractional leadership, also known as part-time leadership, is becoming increasingly important and is one of these options.

  • What does fractional leadership mean?
  • What advantages does it offer companies?
  • How can “part-time leadership” be applied in the HR world and in project management?

Fractional leadership refers to the practice of hiring experienced leaders on a part-time or project basis. These leaders, also known as fractional executives, bring their expertise and leadership skills to the organisation without taking on a full-time position. This allows organisations to access highly skilled executives without the cost and commitment of a full-time position.

Advantages of fractional leadership

Cost efficiency

Companies have the opportunity to hire top talent at a fraction of the cost of a full-time executive. This is especially beneficial for small and mid-sized companies that cannot afford full-time C-suite executives.

Flexibility and agility

Companies can engage Fractional Leaders for specific projects or for limited periods of time. This increases the flexibility and agility of the company, as it can react quickly to changes in the market or business environment.

Access to specific expertise

Fractional Leaders often bring specialised skills and industry knowledge that are required for specific projects or phases of the company’s development. This can be decisive in mastering complex challenges or opening up new business areas.

Fractional Leadership – flexibility meets expertise: the new standard in the HR world

Strategic HR consulting

Fractional HR leaders can act as strategic advisors and support companies in developing and implementing HR strategies. This includes areas such as talent acquisition, employee development and organisational culture.

Change management

In times of change, whether through mergers, acquisitions or organisational restructuring, fractional HR leaders can provide crucial support. They have experience in change management and help to ensure a smooth transition.

Project management rethought: Fractional leaders in action

Project-based leadership

Fractional Leaders can lead specific projects that require specialised expertise and leadership skills. This is particularly useful for large, complex projects that require temporary leadership expertise.

Risk and crisis management

Fractional leaders are often experienced crisis managers and can help organisations minimise risk and respond to unexpected challenges. Their experience can help to bring projects to a successful conclusion and achieve company goals.

Conclusion: A win-win situation for companies

Fractional leadership offers a flexible and cost-effective solution for companies that want to access expertise and leadership skills without making long-term commitments. It enables companies to remain agile, hire specialised leaders for specific tasks and thus increase their competitiveness.

Implementing fractional leadership can have a significant positive impact on corporate governance and offers a forward-looking solution to the challenges of the modern business world.

Some examples of our speakers who are experts in fractional leadership:

Bernd Preuschoff
Lucas Sauberschwarz
Lysander Weiss
Guido Baltes

Would you like to find out more or book an expert on fractional leadership? Contact us: +1 (704) 804 1054 or

Bernd Preuschoff

Expert in leadership & transformation in a digital world: CDO & CEO, dance sports coach, startup coach

Lucas Sauberschwarz

Expert for strategy, innovation & organization, bestselling author, director of the Center for Innovation at the SGMI Management Institute St. Gallen

Dr. Lysander Weiss

Expert for Strategy, Innovation & Organisation, Bestselling Author, Management Consultant, Research Fellow

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Guido H. Baltes

Strategy and Innovation Expert, Professor & Technology-Entrepreneur