Connected leadership is a 21st century leadership style. It emphasizes transparency, openness, and the sharing of information through social networks. Rather than a strong central control there is a loose hierarchy and a two-way flow of power that is dynamic and based on credibility, knowledge, trust, and results.
Article to Read
Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization (2013)
By Dan Pontefract
Quick Take from the Book
Pontefract explains that being a connected leader involves the following:
- Analyzing situations: with the culture and people in mind, and takes into account the pros and cons of a situation before making decisions.
- Deciding: is an inclusive process, is a chance for collaboration, and involves other in a team or organization.
- Delivering results: through clear objectives, flexibility, engaged problem solving, accountability, and with your people in mind.
- Cooperation between leader and team: creates openness and achieves the end goal of harmony.
- Clowning around with employees: as a safe outlet for feelings that decreases anti-social behaviors and increases harmony.
Quote of Note
"If becoming a connected leader is about nurturing and creating an open environment of communication and development, being a connected leader is about accomplishing actions in a comprehensive yet lighthearted manner.” – page 91