Leadership Development and Connections—From Leading Through Structures to Leading Through Networks
This chapter examines the role of connections and networks in constructing leadership behaviours. It is the second part of a trio of chapters that looks at a whole systems approach to developing leaders. The chapter profiles three types of organisational networks: centralised (ego-centric), decentralised (social-centric), and distributed (open ecosystem). Taking inspiration from the way honeybees collaborate through waggle dancing before making a decision to migrate to a new nest, the chapter explores open/collaborative innovation as a way of innovating and collectively shaping ideas where communities of stakeholders swarm together, enabled by AI collaborative tools. The chapter sets out some basic principles of creating an open collaborative network. In this intersectional swarm ecosystem, the future leader will need to shift from being a director to a connector.