Digital spaces beckon me. I enjoy quickly scanning my Twitter feed for interesting tidbits. I’ve loved reading about Ontario educators’ #oneword in the Google+ community. I blog here. Still, I wonder what more I need to do as a leader. Jennifer Casa-Todd, digital educator, challenged the audience recently with a thought provoking question at a keynote address in our district. She asked, “How do you exemplify digital leadership?”
Leadership is the exercise of influence. It’s not about telling others what to do (much as some may dream of snapping their fingers and making it so), but rather building a culture where others take on new challenges, work to be their very best and openly share what they’ve learned.
Influencing the use of digital tools is a challenge for me, however. While I use those tools with relative ease to communicate, create and share, others do not feel comfortable doing so. So I’m not sure it’s about being an exemplar. When we exemplify something, we show how it can be done at its best. That’s important, but this kind of modelling only goes so far. Having a great model can inspire. It can also demotivate or even paralyze.
So I’m thinking more about how to extend my digital leadership to influence a culture where people may be willing to try.
- Using the digital spaces in our organization. Be present in the platforms that are provided. I know what they are and how they work. Am I using them to their full advantage?
- Interacting on Twitter. Retweeting. Commenting on tweets. Replying. Liking. Connecting with others.
- Sharing links and articles. If it resonates, I share. If it made me think, I share. If I don’t completely agree, I share.
- Share the thinking in my blog. This one is more difficult for me. I’ve been leery of pushing myself forward, but why not? I welcome conversations about what I write here. Transparency may help others to be admit what they don’t know.
I feel comfortable in digital spaces. Can I help others feel the same way?