The world’s economic structures and information systems have changed phenomenally over the years and it’s had an impact on leadership. First there was the world wide web, then came google domination, now it’s twitter, linkedin and facebook. Where we used to expect the leader to have all the answers and equally all the power, there is now emerging a more dynamic situation.
Gone are the industrial days of autocratic decision making and dutiful employees seeking rewards and promotions up a linear ladder. The information days have seen a open access to information, take wikipedia and open source programming as two examples. Perhaps now we’re seeing the rise of wiki leadership, this dynamic, collaborative style where the leader knows they don’t have the answer to everything, yet they’re confident that someone somewhere will. Where ideas can flow freely up and down the organisation, which now means they flow freely around the organisation. Where the leader has the confidence to ask questions out beyond the company walls, take LinkedIn groups as an example.
Wiki leadership, now there’s a thought. How much of your leadership style and approach is to solve, answer and provide some form of parental role and how much of your style is dynamic, open and receptive.