Have you ever stopped and thought about how leadership has changed with the influence of technology?
The are many constants of leadership, yet it seems it has completely evolved in this modern era. No longer do you need to travel hundreds of miles by horse and buggy to speak to your army, rather you can hold virtual meetings are held across multiple countries to discuss new ideas and lead many people with an online discussion. Technology has greatly influenced leadership. Read about these three ways.
So Much of Leadership Happens Online
Thanks to technology, a lot of leadership isn’t happening face to face. Leaders use many platforms to interact with their teams. Some of the ways include email, phone conferences, chatting apps, project management and HR application software, texting, social media, and more. When it comes to using these platforms, it is important that leaders know how to effectively communicate. Written communication is a lot different than speaking with someone in person because they can’t read your body language or hear your tone of voice. People appreciate leaders who are responsive to emails and messages, because it helps to build trust.
Leaders Are More Collaborative
Experts believe with the introduction of the internet, and particularly social media, leaders have blurred the lines of the “leader” and “follower” and tend to focus more on working as a team and thinking creatively together.
Rather than all the ideas coming from the top-level executives, any member of the company is welcomed to give suggestions and they will be considered. Today on the internet, people aren’t categorized as a hierarchy, but more so as equals who get together in groups to engage in conversations and to share ideas. This equality online has transferred to more of an equal playing field within companies. Technology makes collaboration more inclusive with all the ways we can communicate online.
Leaders Have a Greater Influence and Are More Transparent
Think of a well-known leader or CEO. For this example, we’ll use Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple. With a single tweet or post, he reaches millions of people. Instead of just extending his reach to his company through company-wide emails and meetings, he can influence hundreds of millions of people through social media. This also plays into transparency. Leaders and companies have had to be more transparent in their actions whether they want to or not due to technology. Transparency can help strategic leaders gain even more influence, as people appreciate their openness and genuineness.
Some of today’s best leaders are the ones who are embracing changes, learning from new technologies, and developing themselves and their teams into better people. Leaders today are open to using a variety of communication platforms, they are transparent and collaborative, and willing to change with technology.