Recently, I was able to get my hands on a copy of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off by Stephen Valentine (@sjvalentine) and Reshan Richards (@reshanrichards), illustrated by Brad Ovenell-Carter (@Braddo).
First, to save you the suspense, these six beliefs (which encompass the majority of the book) proclaim that blended leaders:
- Engage with thought leaders and engage as thought leaders
- Design spaces and care for spaces
- Reject insularity and embrace sharing
- Challenge meeting structures and change meeting structures
- Articulate a mission and advance a mission
- Keep the off-ramp open and use it frequently
Now, while much has been written about blended learning, Blending Leadership does an impressive job of not just preaching the importance of leaders leveraging both face-to-face and online networks, but the book drills down to the nitty gritty in regards to the why and the how.
For example, in the chapter on engaging with/as thought leaders, Valentine and Richards highlight the following three examples (among others).