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Developing Leaders in the Facebook Age

 -  11/20/13

Thanks to the proliferation of technology-fueled information, effective leaders need to be able to connect with people in multiple, real and personal ways. But that doesn’t mean technology is all leaders need to learn.

We are living in an age where technology and personalization have blended into the fabric of what it means to be a leader. The ability to interact smoothly within these two landscapes is the essence of what it means to be effective now and in the future. But not all leaders are comfortable in both worlds.

For instance, because of the proliferation of technology, leaders have access to more information today than ever before. However, that does not mean they are better informed. One of a modern leader’s main responsibilities is to sift through the massive amounts of information that bombard him or her daily to get to what is truly important, what is trite and what requires immediate attention.

The impact of social media has complicated matters. All leaders today require a brand, whether they want one or not. How we connect — in person, through blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or through other methods of online collaboration — says more about us than we may realize. Therefore, effective leaders need to be able to connect with people in multiple, real and personal ways.

The Power of Information Learning
Being open, approachable and vulnerable in an age where information can be had in the blink of an eye is a bit like a high-wire balancing act with many moving parts.

Based on ongoing research from the past 50 years by global human resources consulting firm Caliper Corp., where the author works, effective leaders tend to feature certain key attributes: They are visionary, charismatic, assertive, able to easily connect with others, innovative, persuasive, resilient, have a need to get things done and are often willing to take risks. These traits are the foundation for what makes a successful leader, but this is only the starting point. To develop leaders in the Facebook era requires that learning professionals create offerings to enable the proper mix of all these ingredients as well as help to ensure leaders can connect through multiple mediums.

“We are entering a new era where there is a genuine desire to make learning more accessible and available, adapted to each individual’s learning style,” said Helen Slaven, chief learning officer for Montefiore Medical Center.


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