The Rise of Connectivist Leadership


The purpose of this paper is to re-conceptualize leadership by advancing the understanding of leadership from an individual influence on others to a collective and connected shared process. The study will aim to evaluate if, and to what extent, leaders are shifting their views and understanding of leadership, from a process led primarily by an individual to a system of connected relationships - the Collective. It will seek to further enhance the understanding of this emerging form of leadership, that is collective and connected by technology, by investigating how leaders assess their leadership experiences, attitudes and behaviors and environmental cultures in the workplace, their working relationships with others and their usage of technology. As Benham and Militello (2010) highlighted 'what remains conspicuously absent from the leadership evaluation literature is a more inclusive diversity of voices that empowers multiple groups (not just individuals) to make meaning of leadership (beliefs) and to engage in collaborative leadership activities (action)' (p. 620). This study proposes a shift in the focus of leadership research to date; from understanding the actions of individual leaders to understanding the emergent dynamics of collective leadership. By sharing how leadership is transforming, both theoretical and empirical contributions will be made towards a new genre of leadership, that would show the significant advantages of how modern organizations should be organizing leadership approaches within a collective working in groups and leveraging new technologies that promote networked connections, cultural awareness, constant learning and shared situational leadership.

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Frederique Corbett, Pepperdine University, United States
Matthew Sweeney, Pepperdine University, United States
Lani Fraizer, Pepperdine University, United States
Farzin Madjidi, Pepperdine University, United States

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Conference: MediAsia2018
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication

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