Distributed leadership and the visibility/invisibility paradox in on-line communities
Jameson, Jill (2011) Distributed leadership and the visibility/invisibility paradox in on-line communities. Human Technology, 7 (1). pp. 49-71. ISSN 1795-6889Full text not available from this repository.
This paper analyzes the role of distributed leadership in three on-line communities, reflecting on an observed visibility/invisibility paradox in leadership within these communities. Leaders who downplay their seniority and assume a degree of invisibility, allocating discretionary powers to subordinate levels in an organizational hierarchy, may facilitate the emergence of distributed leadership. Yet, simultaneously, leader-led relations are enabled by high leadership visibility. This paradox—that leaders need to be both highly visible and also invisible, or hands-off, when the occasion requires it—was derived from prior research into e-learning communities and tested in the analysis of discussions from on-line communities using a case study pattern-matching process. The operation of both visibility and invisibility in leadership is a key issue for enabling effective collaborations in distributed leadership situations based on trust. Such collaboration fosters positive group interaction and participative decision making in a consensus facilitated through leadership distribution amongst on-line community members.
|Additional Information:|| First published: May 2011.  Human Technology is an online only journal.  Published in Human Technology, Volume 7(1), May 2011 - Special Issue on Distributed Leadership & On-line Communities. Niki Lambropoulos and Marianna Vivitsou, Guest Editors.  Published as: Human Technology, (2011) Vol. 7(1), pp. 49–71.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||distributed leadership, on-line communities, visibility/invisibility paradox, e-learning leadership, case study methodology, pattern-matching, leadership, ambiguity|
|Subjects:||L Education > L Education (General)|
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Education|
School of Education > The Centre for Leadership & Enterprise
|Last Modified:||05 Dec 2013 16:43|
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