Social media is dramatically changing how we work, build relationships, interact with one another, and finally, exercise leadership.
The ease, speed, depth and breadth of communications today is a real game changer for business leaders. The old command and control style is being seriously challenged by more collaborative servant leadership techniques and methods.
This shift is fundamentally about culture change. And that type of transformational change – which may include updating business practices – must come from the top. But more than a top-down dictum, it’s got to be part of the essence of a business leader today.
Leaders must see things differently. They need to wear “inverted glasses”. Leaders must wake people out of intertia. They must get people excited about something they have never seen before, something that does not exist.
Remember…Every breakthrough first requires a break with the old paradigms, practices and principles that tether people and organizations to the status quo.
In Social Media, Leadership is all about “letting go”. Letting go of the reigns, of power. But, letting go with the rules, regulations and expectations known up front. Then ensuring accountability. And if a mistake is made, not throwing the baby out with the bath water.