A new style of leadership?

September 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm 2 comments

I came across a good interview with Clay Shirky, where he talks about how social media is creating a demand for new kinds of leadership. I’m not sure it’s the style of leadership that’s new; I think what’s new is the demand. Either way, there’s a shift happening. A couple of good quotes:

There’s a temptation among most managers to view social media tools and crowdsourcing as simply a sort of novel set of instruments, kind of like, “Oh, here are some new tools for us to get our job done.” But this isn’t just about laying our hands on some new tools. These crowds are people. …

It really does involve a degree of openness on the part of existing organizations that we haven’t seen before. In fact, if you’re a manager of a traditional organization looking for control, you will have trouble in this Web 2.0 environment. …

The other question about the new type of leadership is how to get a group of people to all agree that a shared vision is something they’ll pursue even if they don’t agree with every particular.

Go read the whole thing – it’s not too long. [via PopTech]


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  • 1. Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton  |  February 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog. I like the philosophies behind this post. I’m going to check out some of your related posts and visit again soon.

    • 2. Genesis  |  February 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks! I’m just picking it back up after a couple of busy months and should be posting more regularly. I hope you enjoy it.

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