Leadership: a body without a head, a web without a spider


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As usual, some of these slides will mean nothing if you're not hearing me narrate and ask questions along the way, but this was a Birkbeck College session about thinking of leadership as a collective, rather than individual concept. Bits of complexity, social media and self-organised networks stuff in there too... and Slideshare didn't like some of my fonts... c'est la vie!

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  • Emergence: the unintended outcomes of a range of unrelated factors on a particular subjectAdd complexity to the mix and this becomes a very difficult combination to manage...
  • Link to online/offline communication – these were just the people Tweeting about it!Social media as ‘leadership’ - Trafigura
  • More accurately, without managers... What do Al Qaeda and Occupy have in common?
  • It relates to our values’ Scenarios...1. 2. 3.4.
  • jenga
  • Also mention Wisdom of Crowds, Weird Ideas that Work, Good Boss, Bad Boss...
  • Leadership: a body without a head, a web without a spider

    1. 1. Leadership: A body without ahead, a web without a spiderLiam Barrington-Bush, ConcreteSolutions.org.uk, @hackofalltrades Photo by goatfarm53237 on Flickr, Creative Commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatfarm5237/
    2. 2. Leadership?• Can it be learned? – In a classroom?• Is it ‘inherent’ to some?• Is a skill?• Is a quality?• Is it an ethos?
    3. 3. Leadership What does it look/feel like when it’s bad? What does it look/feel like when it’s good?
    4. 4. Leader our ...as grandparents ship imagined it...• The Great Man Theories• Trait theories• Behaviourist theories• Situational leadership
    5. 5. The problem(s) with ‘leaders’1. They leave2. It goes to their head3. We create unrealistic expectations for them4. They are easier to blame, than ourselves5. It is harder to realise our abilities6. They breed conformity
    6. 6. How does leadership relate to the values of community?
    7. 7. ‘The First Follower’ Or‘How a Crazy Dancing Man Became A Leader’
    8. 8. David Wilcox’s organising models... Image can be found at: http://socialreporter.com/?p=1037
    9. 9. Emergence :When a series ofsmall, unrelate dactions, create an outcome bigger than any of the parts.
    10. 10. http://www.kovasboguta.com/uploads/4/7/9/5/4795292/egyptinfluencenetworklarge.gif
    11. 11. g theworldwithout‘leaders’_________ _For betterRed Osama image Creative Commons, Jaque Delarue
    12. 12. “[The] combination of shared meaning with freedom to determine one’s actions is how systems grow to be more effective and well-ordered… People who are deeply connected to a cause don’t need directives, rewards, or leaders to tell them what to do.” - Margaret Wheatley
    13. 13. WhatSHOULDleadershiplook like if...?
    14. 14. What will stop you fromusing these ideas in the ‘real world’?
    15. 15. You want more???Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to HostMargaret Wheatley w/ Debbie Frieze 2010 Walk Out Walk On Margaret Wheatley w/ Debbie Frieze 2012Getting to Maybe: How the world is changedFrances Westley, et al. Vintage Canada 2006
    16. 16. ...now lead the way! Liam Barrington-Bush email: liam@concretesolutions.org.uk web: www.concretesolutions.org.uk twitter: @hackofalltrades mobile: +44 (0) 7775732383