Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead

Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead

by Charlene Li


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An essential guide for leaders who want to use social media to be "open" while maintaining control

"Be Open, Be Transparent, Be Authentic" are the current leadership mantras-but companies often push back. Business is premised on the concept of control and yet the new world order demands openness-leaders do not know how to be open and be in control. This must-have resource will help the modern leader understand how to lead in the new open world-where blogging, twittering, facebooking, and digging are becoming the norm. the author lays out the steps that leaders must take to transform their organizations and themselves into being "open" -and exactly what that will mean.

  • Shows how to use social media to become an open organization
  • Offers basic advice for leaders who are adapting to the new era of openness in the marketplace
  • The author Charlene Li is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies

In easy-to-understand language, this book will help leaders orient themselves to social networking and other technological advances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470597262
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/24/2010
Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

CHARLENE LI is founder of the Altimeter Group and the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell. She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, and is a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. Formerly, Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of The 12 Most Creative Minds of 2008 by Fast Company, and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology 2009. To follow Charlene and to get a number of free resources to help you start transforming the way you lead, visit

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix


1 Why Giving Up Control Is Inevitable 3

2 The Ten Elements of Openness 17


3 Objectives Determine How Open You Will Be 51

4 Understanding and Measuring the Benefits of Being Open 75

5 Structuring Openness with Sandbox Covenants 105

6 Orchestrating Your Open Strategy 133


7 Open Leadership: Mind-sets and Traits 163

8 Nurturing Open Leadership 189

9 The Failure Imperative 217

10 How Openness Transforms Organizations 243

Endnotes 271

Acknowledgments 285

The Author 289

Subject Index 297

Name Index 309

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