The ideas around Social Leadership are gaining momentum and, as i’m gathering more feedback from different organisations, I’m starting to design a curriculum around my ideas. This is a first draft of the first part, so very much work in progress, but you’ll get the idea:
These three areas relate to ‘Engagement‘, ‘Agility‘ and ‘Value‘: engagement within your communities (both as a learner and as a leader, internally and externally), agility in approach (appropriate ability to experiment, learn and narrate the results, individually and for teams) and value (in terms of Return on Investment and Return on Expectation). For each area, i’ve identified three key areas to examine and concomitant skills.
These three initial areas reflect the parameters of Social Leadership: it’s much more than just managing a team, it’s about magnetic, reputation driven leadership that bridges the social areas and hard business dynamics. It’s about leadership through inspiration, strong reputation in online and physical spaces and the ability to speak the right language in both.
A lot of this comes down to understanding the realities of the Social Age: new models of reputation and authority, the importance of effective knowledge management and utilising appropriate methodologies for this (Action Research approach, curation skills, personal network management, tone of voice etc), concepts of amplification, inward vs outward facing stories, the Social Contract (realities of working in the Social Age) and so on.
It’s a new world we’re living and working in: the Social Age, and we need the right types of leaders, the right leadership capabilities to succeed.