Being a leader is sort of like the word beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder, because not everybody views leadership in the same way. Some people want to be leaders because of the prestigious nature of the position and not because they actually care about the health of the company. A good worker takes feedback, both positive and negative and uses it to alter the way they normally do things. A good leader also takes into account the changes that are occurring and accepts that they aren’t always in the right.
- Leaders in online communities are defined by behaviors such as a willingness to share knowledge and ask questions.
- Just being an executive is not enough to qualify as a leader, since some executives avoid engagement and other leadership behaviors.
- Leaders in online communities validate others through actions like sharing and liking other people’s content.
“One of the primary reasons community approaches are so powerful is that they encourage and reward leadership behaviors. In a knowledge economy, those leadership behaviors are critical to distribute and cultivate so that organizations can optimize learning, change, and innovation.”