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:
- Focus on mission before organisation
- Manage through trust, not control
- Promote others, not yourself
- Build constellations, not stars
I think these are great principles – what do you think?