“Making The Case For Open Leadership” Webinar slides & recording now available

by Charlene Li

I conducted the first of four Webinars on the ideas around “Open Leadership” and am making available the slides as well as a video recording. This Webinar laid out the reasons why open leadership is inevitable and required because of the adoption of social technologies. I also define the 10 elements of openness and provide some information on how you can conduct an “openness audit”.

Upcoming Open Leadership Webinars:

Developing And Measuring Open Leadership Strategies, Friday, May 7th, 10am PDT

- What are the elements of an open strategy?
- How do you measure openness?
- What metrics should organizations use to measure the value of openness?

Finding and Supporting Your Open Leaders, Friday, May 14, 2010 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

- What are the characteristics of open leaders?
- How do you identify open leaders?
- What can and should organizations do to support open leadership?
- What are some examples of open leaders?

How Open Leaders Embrace & Recover From Failure, Friday, May 21, 2010 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

- How do open leaders structure and manage openness with policies?
- Why is embracing failure so important to open leadership?
- How do open leaders deal with failure?

Above: Download the slides from slideshare and use as you see fit.

Making The Case For Open Leadership from Altimeter Group on Vimeo.

Above: Listen to the recording, including the presentation and attendees Q&A


  1. Charlene- That was a GREAT webinar.. I LOVE the fact that you communicate how technology helps with your children also.. (Makes me “feel” connected) It hits home with me, and how you value family/workk life/balancing act… etc Best, Brian-

  2. Hi Charlene Greetings from Edinburgh where I’m working with a business coaching client (140 year old coffee & tea company Brodies part of the global Segefredo Zanetti Group ). They have only 30 staff but these messages apply just as much to them as to the corporates. I also think you are tapping into changes that are not just about “social media” but are about how all organisations need to adapt and change. Openness and sharing in leadership may be facilitated by technology but it is also about fundamentally good business/management practice. Thank you for an excellent webinar, I will be replaying it with my client CEO this afternoon. The context for my project here in Edniburgh is relationship ! I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. On slide 14, I see a reference to “Running a Hospital”. I was just reading an article by Susannah Fox, Associate Director at Pew Research, about Why is Participatory Medicine Such a Tough Sell?. I wonder if there might be some useful connections among your respective spheres of research.

  4. Hi Charlene – Enjoyed the webinar and bought your new book off Amazon immediately afterwards. Looking forward to gleening more insights! Loved Groundswell and expect to enjoy this one as well. So when’s your next book coming out? :)

  5. Charlene I like the statement that while open leadership may mean giving up control it does not mean that you do not stay in command; create accountabilities and behave in a way that creates and builds trust.
    Your point about openness is also an important insight. It is difficult to for businesses to think about giving up control and being open at the same time. Your two areas of openness as a consideration of how companies are sharing information and how companies are making decisions is a helpful approach for helping companies move into the world of open leadership.
    Thanks for this.

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