The intermingling of social media and creative leadership is going to continue to grow. I like to think of it as we are still on the diving board, we're not even in the pool yet when it comes to the how big the potential realm of social media in this new world of Web 2.0 and leadership. People don't go to the edge of the diving board for one reason: fear. Fear of change is the biggest threat and fear of lacking control is a close second. Leaders have to move past this and start engaging this new medium of leadership.
Are you prepared to change the way you communicate?
The way things are headed the information we share will only be as valuable as the receiver's ability to participate. The more I discuss this with leaders I can see resistance from some. These leaders want to deny that the change has occurred but we have moved from a Web 1.0 world into a Web 2.0 world. How do we know it has changed?
When was the last time you ordered a meal from Wendy's or McDonald's? The fast food system changed about 10 years ago, we went from asking for a Big Mac, medium fries, and a medium coke to simply saying, "Can I have a number 1?" That was McDonald's version of Web 1.0. McDonald's gathered the options, organized them, and gave you the information to make a decision.
But now when you go to order one of the preset (value) meals, the only set item is the main sandwich. Every other item is now interchangeable. "I want apples instead of fries." I'd like chocolate milk instead of a soda." We expect to get to participate at a higher level than when the value meal was first released. This is McDonald's version of Web 2.0, they understand that I want the right to participate.
Have you looked at CNN lately? What about TED.com? Have you looked at your local paper online? At the bottom of a story what do you see? Those are comments from participators. You might want to get off your leadership throne because CNN has some pretty important information to share with a few people and they have a space for comments. Your tribe is becoming more and more accustomed to participating in a Web 2.0 world and if there is a shift to Web 3.o than you're like the leader showing his first series Palm Pilot to a friend with her iPhone 4S.