In conclusion, we would like to remind the readers of our research questions. The questions are:
- How can individuals influence the advancement of effective Connective Era leadership strategies?
- What strategies can institutions use to influence the development of effective leaders in the 21st century?
In her seminal book, Prof. Jean Lipan-Blumen highlights the importance of a different kind of leadership in the Connective Era. For those who aspire to be an effective leader in the Connective Era, he/she should abandon the characteristics of leadership from the current and previous era. Change in behaviors and mindsets are a must. Leading people in the Connective Era requires a different breed of people. These future leaders are not afraid to abandon the previous leadership styles.
Each of our sections approached the questions from different angles which covers the need of change. We want our final project to reflect the reality in the Connective Era as close as possible.
We found that:
- In a corporate setting, individuals should recognize his/her potential and strive to become a level 5 leader by using connective leadership styles.
- The corporate organization needs to consider ways to support its members in their development to create a community of connective leaders.
- Individuals need to be proactive in demonstrating accountability within their organizations in order to gain trust and to influence the development of more effective leaders. Furthermore, individuals should learn to grow their own authenticity by practicing leadership capabilities within their families, community, and work.
- Muslim women should become active followers, change their mindset, and understand that it is possible for them to become leaders in the Muslim world.
- Islamic organizations and their leaders should abandon terror as their means to compete in the Connective Era and they should embrace the West using ijtihad while at the same time they should enhance the leadership role of women in Islamic organizations.
- Regardless of the culture, every individuals may have a strong influence over other people in the Connective Era and connective leadership should be used for leadership development.
- A successful servant-leader strategy for individuals to become connective leaders is to direct their intrinsic achieving style towards developing and exercising their relational and social achieving styles.
- Whenever possible, aspiring connective leaders should seek strategies that would utilize, in a denatured-Machiavellian manner, achieving styles that fit the cultural context.
As we mentioned at the beginning of our blog, we intend for it to be a living document. We plan to visit the Connective Era blog even after the course is over and to continue updating its content.
As Prof. Jean Lipman-Blumen said, the Connective Era is just dawning and it will continue to evolve. This blog is our contribution to the Connective Era and it covers just a small part of Connective Era leadership. The conclusions expressed in this blog are personal views of each author and are not intended as the definitive assessment of leadership in the Connective Era.
Finally, we believe that in the Connective Era other contributors would enrich our conclusions. We plan to open the blog and invite other participants to contribute to the blog. In the meantime, if the readers have any opinion regarding the leadership topics in the Connective Era, please do not hesitate to use the comment link. We would be happy to review and to include them in future updates at the appropriate time.
MGT 535 Connective Era Team.