(Editor’s Note: Are you looking to see all resources for this week’s topic? Read the #TChat Recap: Connecting With Collaborative Leadership.)
Think back for a moment on your career. Who’s been your favorite boss? How would you describe that person’s leadership style?
Is it a command-and-control approach, driven by business goals and results? Or does that leader win support, loyalty and cooperation by putting people first?
Hands down, I bet you picked someone from the second category — someone who embraces the social side of leadership. After all, studies reveal that your relationship with your manager is a key to engagement. And it’s natural to think favorably of professional experiences that engaged you.
You Had Me At “Hello”
This week’s #TChat guest, Dan Pontefract, calls this social-minded manager an “open leader.” And in his new book, Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, Dan says it’s time for companies to move the open leader concept to a whole new level. As he explains in a recent TalentCulture post, the future of work depends upon army “open leaders,” where everyone in a company drives collaboration, regardless title or role.
For Dan, this is much more than a theory. As Senior Director of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS, he knows first-hand about the challenges and benefits of leadership development, workforce engagement and business performance. That’s why we’ve asked him to lead the way through #TChat discussions this week.
To give you a better taste of what the topic is all about, I spoke briefly with Dan in a G+ Hangout video. Check it out:
#TChat Events: How Open Leaders Win Hearts & Minds
This topic touches on so many areas of interest and expertise across the TalentCulture community. I know many of you have related insights to add, so I hope you’ll join this week’s conversation!
#TChat Radio — Tue, June 11 at 7:30pmET/4:30pmPT – Dan joins our hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, for a LIVE 30-minute radio interview, where listeners are invited to call-in with questions.
Q1: What does open leadership mean to you and why?
Q2: Can harmonious “soft skills” be developed in leaders at any age? Why or why not?
Q3: How does open leadership produce higher levels of performance and engagement within an organization?
Q4: What can business leaders do to encourage open self-leadership within all employee ecosystems?
Q5: What business technologies facilitate collaboration and open leadership?
We’ll see you on the stream!
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