Thursday, December 28, 2006

Network-Centric Leadership

It's that lovely quiet week between Christmas and New Years. A great time to re-organize the office and catch up on the pile marked "READ ME!" over there in the corner.

Here's the March 2006 issue of Associations Now that frequently has some good articles in it. This issue includes an article about what it takes to be a leader in a network centric world:

  1. high tolerance for ambiguity
  2. comfort with chaos
  3. a relaxed, friendly demeanor
  4. able to focus on policy and getting people to work together
  5. encourages support staff and volunteers to act like administrators, like an owner of the community, its standards and purpose
  6. starts with an ennobling purpose
  7. establishes a democratic community where individuals are equals
  8. enable all participants in the organization to contribute; uses structure and [management] only to honor the community purpose
  9. assumes good intentions
  10. supports learners and a learning culture
  11. remembers that communities (including of staff) are social entities
  12. implements a a decision making process that is less gureaucratic, more open and flexible
  13. values good data about constituents / target audience
  14. throws out any old assumptions that all constituent interactions must be controlled from headquarters


Beth said...

Nice to read you gain after some quiet time .. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Network centric leadership is one of the skills nonprofit CEO's must master to elevate outcomes....

I am President of Mission Movers a consulting firm from the US that is producing a capacity building report for foundations and nonprofits. We just finished the initial draft of this capacity building report. I believe it has some ground-breaking ideas in it. It also challenges some core assumptions in the field today. I know you are very busy but because of your excellent work with nonprofits we are looking for feedback from you on the document and any case studies you may have that connect with any of the ideas. The base report is only 30 pages with a few extras. This document is still in draft format and we are looking for feedback and need your help in this matter. We are very hopeful that this document will provide a new framework for working with nonprofits. Discussion on the document is going on at The pdf for download of this document can be found at: and is also attached. My email for contact is
Many thanks in advance.....

Navinder said...

I was starting to study 'Network-centric Leadership, and am glad I found your post!

Great reading. Keep it up.