The May issue of Harvard Business Review features an article by Bryon Reeves, Thomas W. Malone, and Tony O'Discoll called "Leadership's Online Labs." The headline description on the first page of the article boldly claims, "Tens of millions of people are honing their leadership skills in multiplayer online games. The tools and techniques they're using will change how leaders function tomorrow - and could make them more effective today." The premise is intriguing and while I'm not 100% sold on the authors' claims, they do merit consideration. Here's the piece that I found most interesting and got me thinking about a new approach to leadership development (p. 63): "Most writing about leader selection and development focuses on people's backgrounds and natural talents. Whether leadership ability is inborn or acquired through training, the assumption is that expertise resides within the individual. Our study provided us with an arrestingly different view: Perhaps the right environment is what really matters, whoever the leader happens to be."
Give the article a read and then let me know what you think. If the authors' are right on this issue, the notion that "Leadership is Everyone's Business" just became even more critical and it may be the challenge that really matters when it comes to gaining leadership expertise.
Posted by Lisa Shannon