Category Archives: Leadership

Narrative and storytelling in Social Leadership

It’s because stories sit at the heart of how we communicate that i’ve included ‘Narrative‘ as the first dimension of Social Leadership. When we share stories, we contextualise information, relating it to that which we already know. Stories draw on … Continue reading

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Social Leadership: crossing boundaries

Our lives today weave between formal and social spaces, no longer defined by the four walls of the office or a clear distinction between technologies and communities. Social Leadership is a style and approach intended to provide a structure and … Continue reading

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Collaborative, cooperative and hierarchical leadership

In my socially aspirational post university days, a group of us used to have a wine tasting evening most weeks. Someone would choose a country and we’d all tip up with a bottle, share it round and make a few … Continue reading

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Evolutions in Leadership

Evolution is about change over generations: about adaptation to suit the prevailing environment. It’s not a fast process, but it has an inevitability, and we all know what happens to the losers. Look back a hundred years and our view … Continue reading

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Consensual Leadership

Social Leadership is consensual: founded upon reputation and authority forged in social spaces, not hierarchical or positional authority laid down in structure and organisational charts. Consensus is built, not ordered, meaning that we forge alliances, provide support and be willing … Continue reading

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Failure in Social Leadership: a case study for Mozilla

When Brendan Eich, newly installed boss at Mozilla resigned this week after only a month in role, it was largely because of a failure by that organisation to recognise the realities of the Social Age and the importance of Social … Continue reading

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Linking formal and social authority in Social Leadership

Social leaders operate across both formal and social spaces: this is what gives the model it’s authority, the fact that it recognises the evolving environment of work and the convergence of these two spaces. I was talking to a few … Continue reading

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