Horrible Bosses: How to Help the Anti-Social Leader
Two nights ago, the #SocialLeader community gathered to talk about something we’ve all had to face at one point: the “Horrible Boss.” In this case, we focused on the autocratic leader; that dinosaur executive who still thinks leadership is defined by how loud and demonstrative they are.
And we called that person an “anti-social” leader. Here’s what we learned:
- The anti-social leader still receives the majority of their input through a series of filters and layers of mid-level managers (while the social leader is empowered by the opportunity to talk directly to the customer)
- That many leaders aren’t ready for change, and that a soft push – as though from a mentor – is the best way to help the anti-social leader embrace the change happening all around them
- That the biggest challenges we face in bringing our leaders to social are overcoming their fear of being vulnerable or losing control, and – especially among older leaders – the actual use of new media (for which John Graham offered a simple solution: “…stop thinking of it as ‘New Media.’ It’s ‘NOW Media…’)
To learn much more about how to help your anti-social leader – or maybe if you’re a leader now and want to transition into social leadership – take a look at this recap of Monday’s #SocialLeader chat. And share with a friend, please… after all, the world needs more Blue Unicorns!
On Monday, May 11th at 8pm ET join us for our next #SocialLeader chat. That night, we’ll take on, “Your Voice as a Social Leader: Are You Inspiring Action?”