Sunday, December 26, 2010

Myriads of Opportunities Ahead of Leadership



The gist of the study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung:

The Web and its culture have two profound and paradoxical implications for leadership:
  • on the one hand, effective approaches to leadership within all sectors are increasingly constrained by the need to accommodate conditions enabled by the Web—such as great ease of connecting, dramatically lower costs of collaboration, and transparency;
  • on the other hand, the Web offers those who would exercise leadershipinside or outside organizations and traditional sectors—possibilities for impact going beyond what was previously feasible.
The combined implication offers:
  • strong payoffs for leadership that is free from the expectation of or need for maintaining control and avoiding failure [this in my eyes is THE INSIGHT]
A very personal note:
  • I am very grate- and thankful to Karlshochschule and its makers new blog on Leadership for providing this excellent piece of insight to go public. Happy to spread the thought more!

2 comments:

CoCreatr said...

For those focusing on the merits of 20th century style management, read this:
Total control is delusional. Deep awareness of the self-organizing nature of our world is the #waverider's power. (Harrison Owen, 2008) http://www.openspaceworld.com/waveriders.htm

Ralf Lippold said...

@CoCreator, thanks for your thought. It's true let's just imagine the dance-floor, could you imagine getting controlled action in it? The only control could be done by setting the surrounding, the place where to dance, and build on social behavior (not bumping on purpose into each other).

The future of business is pretty much taking the metaphor of the dance-floor. The metaphor of the military lines, marching in rows will not really be useful in a disruptingly changing world around us.