The screen shot above is from Twitter. It was motivated by some unfortunate posts submitted by job seekers on a public board. One was making fun of his interviewer — and no, he did not post anonymously. It occurred to me that the open leadership message hasn’t made its way entirely around the block yet.
Open leadership is a relatively new term denoting one’s exposure vis à vis social networking and web 2.0. In a nutshell: You are one persona, one single brand — the sum total of all comments posted by you anywhere on the web. If you doubt this concept go to Google and conduct a search using your name enclosed in quotation marks. Professionals may even go so far as to set up automatic Google alerts that pop into their email inbox each time their name gets mentioned online. You can do it too. Click here.
I think this is a good thing. It’s teaching us to be intentional with our comments and thoughts. Isn’t that the crux of leadership?