Network Entrepreneurs

Recently I got back in touch with a colleague of mine now working out of Berlin. While we were catching up with each other, he suddenly said to me, ‘you know what? I think we are both network entrepreneurs!’

I hadn’t come across this concept before; of course I’d heard of a social entrepreneur but not of a network entrepreneur.

So, he sent over to me a link from an initiative in the US on network leadership. I was very taken by this approach – exploring how can you lead in a network as opposed to an organisation.

The authors set out four principles for network leadership:

  1. Focus on mission before organisation
  2. Manage through trust, not control
  3. Promote others, not yourself
  4. Build constellations, not stars

I think these are great principles – what do you think?

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