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    The role of social media in the communication of leaders The role of social media in the communication of leaders Presentation Transcript

    • LeadershipSocialMedia throughHow social media is changing the communication of Norwegian leaders by
    • Communication is changing: NETWORKING - 2 000 000 Norwegians on Facebook - 420 000 Norwegians on LinkedIn SELF PUBLISHING Companies in… - 450 000 blogs from Norway are - 85 % about everyday life - 33 % updating weekly 2/3 Norwegian companies have decided to use social media 59 % have guidelines … but their leaders are lagging Only 26 % of employees experience encouragement from their leaders to use social media Leadership is about relationships, and as social technologies are changing relationships, leadership also needs to change.This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • This leads to the following research questions being posed in my master thesis “The Role of Social Media in the Communication of Leaders”: RQ1: How is social media impacting leaders? RQ2: How is social media impacting the communication channels used by leaders? RQ3: How is social media impacting the communication styles of leaders?This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • So I interviewed 10 business professionals using social media, several of them leaders. In addition I interviewed 5 Norwegian top leaders using social media. During this process I established five categories of ways in which social media impacts leaders: Accepting inputs from others and engaging in two- Level of influence over decision making. More power Openness way communication. More openness increases the Power results in others having less impact on the decisions frequency and the willingness to communicate with of leaders. others. Presenting information about the activities of persons This category is divided into external and internal Transparency or companies. In other words; more transparency control; means people have insight into the information being Internal; administrating the sharing of information passed. Control by employees. An increase of internal control makes this task easier for the leader. External: impacting Publishing private information. An increase leads to the sharing of information related to the company. Personification more information being available about the leader. An increase of external control gives a leader more In addition, it makes him/her more accessible, and impact on this flow of information. more visible in the organization.This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • Upon asking how leaders are impacted by social media, several issues were discovered; 1. The high level of openness of social media results in two propositions; Firstly, social media is causing leaders to be more open, interacting more with persons they have weak ties to. Still, this does not impact relationships characterized as having strong ties. Secondly, leaders become more open only on issues they can be open on. 2. An increase in transparency causes three propositions; To begin with, leaders engaging in social media are publishing more information to a larger audience. Moreover, social media is causing leaders to share more information of personal character to a larger crowd. Finally, the nature of the information being shared as a result of transparency can be said to be less open. 3. A demand for personification gives ground for two propositions; On a personal level, it requires the leaders to offer more of themselves, when representing the company. On another level, a leader must lead a crowd of representatives of the company, rather than being the sole representative. This is a result of social media giving employees more freedom. 4. The issue of power resulted in one proposition; This was that, social media is causing the decision-making of leaders to be impacted by more people, but not necessarily impacted more. 5. More freedom to employees and customers resulted in two propositions for the issue of control; First, social media can be said to give leaders less control over employees. This is increasing with the growing use of social media by employees. Second, a conclusion could be drawn that leaders have less impact on the information shared about the company.This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • Lastly, I asked the leaders how social media was impacting their communication style. This led me to these four realizations; Firstly, a leader can establish personal social media channels to impact the traditional media channels. This allows the leader control over the channel. However, he or she is under strong pressure from the public to keep this channel open an allow critique on it. Secondly, the social media channels must be integrated with existing channels of the company. In doing this, a leader must evaluate the richness of the channel. Thirdly, the transparency of social media puts more pressure on leaders to select the correct communication channel. And lastly; a leader will be impacted, even if he or she chooses not use social media channels.This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • The third research question of this thesis asked: How is social media impacting the communication styles of leaders? This resulted in four propositions. I The importance of a precise communication style has increased for leaders with the introduction of social media. II Further, leaders are being more personal in the communication style they use in all sorts of media. III Moreover, social media is also adding to the importance for leaders to apply a supportive communication style. IV Lastly, social media can aid leaders to instill a supportive organizational climate. This increases the effect of applying the correct communication style.This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • Everything is combined in the model on the next page. Get in touch if you want to learn more about how social media is impacting Norwegian leaders. Thank you for your interest in my master thesis @joachimviktil /joachimviktilThis document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • Supportive (Social Media is a • More open good tool to create company • More transparent culture) • More personification • Same power LEADERSHIP • Less control COMMUNICATION CULTURE COMMUNICATION STYLE COMMUNICATION CHANNEL • Supportiveness (more important) • Uncertainty and Equivocality • Preciseness (more important) ( social media helps reduce uncertainty, but has little • Assuredness (inconclusive) impact on equivocality, channels must be integrated) • Match channel with task (more important because of transparency) • Communicators in control (more control than in a regular channel, pressure on openness gives less control)This document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.
    • See” The Role of Social Media in the Communication of Leaders” for referencesThis document is built on the master thesis of Joachim Viktil 2011: The Role of Social Media in the Communication of leaders. It has been designed by Ida Groth.