This presentation offers an "online playbook" for how to take your leadership online, and what that might look like personally. Within the presentation are examples, theoretical frameworks, and resources for nonprofit executive directors and other high-level staff who want to use social media personally to further the mission of their organization and translate their leadership online.
• What is “online leadership”
• How to translate traditional leadership into online leadership
• Create your own personal social media playbook
Developing Your Social Media Voice and Online Leadership
Developing Your Social Media
Taking Leadership Online
Community Organizer 2.0 March 20, 2013
About the presenter
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Community Organizer 2.0
Former executive director,
lifelong fan of mission-
based orgs. Has lived in
Nicaragua, Israel, & Boston
The Social Context Today
Social Nonprofit Execs
Drafting Your Playbook
Our goals today
• The social business climate
• Understand what makes online leader
• Why leaders should be online
• Advantages of a personal social media voice
• Translate traditional leadership into online
• Develop your personal social media online
“They Love You, They Hate You”
A select group of your organization’s clients (or students, or
members) have created a Twitter account called
“@myorgproblems” and the hashtag #orgprobs to identify
tweets about problems at the organization.
You don’t know who it is, but the account has 122 Twitter
followers before you find out about it.
You have a Twitter account, an extremely private, personal
Facebook Page, and the organization has a blog and
Linkedin company page.
How will you respond?
Social Media Today
Demographics, culture, and social media
Where is your clientele?
Where are your volunteers?
Where are prospective donors?
2009 2010 2011
Explosion of Twitter
Users expect to be able to reach
people and organizations socially
Social CEOs create trust
“82% of people are more likelyto trust a company whose CEO and
leadership team engage with social media.”
“86% of people rated CEO social media engagement assomewhat
important, very important or mission critical.”
- BRANDfog CEOSocial Media Leadership Survey
What are you
By being in the public eye…
Reasons to be online: what you
need from them
• Develop community partnerships
• Develop the organization’s online => reach
• Communicate directly with people
• Share your vision and direction
• Create relationships with peers
• Be aware of conversations you need to know about
• React quicklyto potential trouble
Leadership isn’t just YOU at your
Who should be social?
Organizational leadership qualities
• Establishes a clear vision
• Shares vision
• Provides the knowledge/info to achieve the
• Balances interests to achieve vision
• Leads in times of crisis
Characteristics of online leaders
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Network Weaver Knowledge Hub
Critical success qualities
“A Network Weaver is aware of the
networks around them and explicitly
works to make them healthier, more
inclusive, bridging divides.” –
The Network Weaver
Network weaver qualities
• Reaches out to any and all who are interested,
• Considers themselves part of a larger network of
individuals, organizations, and communities
• Is a collaborator at heart
• Fluency with social media tools and culture
• Embraces transparency (even when failing)
• Gives control over to the group easily
• Give more credit than they take
• Most interested in others’ ideas than their own
Network weaver – brass tacks
• With whom do you want to connect?
• Think about what networks make sense to connect
with: what sectors are you in? Where is your
• Find the conversations that exist: Twitter chats,
Twitter search, Facebook Groups, Yahoo Groups,
Pinterest boards, etc.
• Connect in a real way! Ask questions of them,
introduce people, start conversations, learn, find out
about new ideas.
• Invite people in using front and back channels: tag
people, email them, send direct messages and ask
them to become part of conversations
• Share, share, and give credit some more
Community Organizer 2.0
The Knowledge Hub
Curator of quality content
Consistent content producer
80:20 rule content rule
Knowledge Hub – brass tacks
• Think about what you want to talk about (2 topics of
• Think about what networks make sense to learn
from, and find the best sources.
• Source your content: set up RSS feeds, Twitter
searches, your “go to blogs,” Scoop.it topics, etc.
• Curate openly for others to see: a Scoop.it topic, a
blog roundup of the best of the web, social
bookmarks on Evernote/Delicious, etc.
• Share others’ content more than you share your
(Re)Defining Online Leadership
Definition of Leadership Online translation
Establishing a vision Talk about your vision and POV,
connect with others who share similar
Sharing a vision Connect with stakeholders,
influencers, like-minded others
Providing knowledge Produce your own content, share
others’ related to your POV
Balancing interests Transparency, generosity,
trustworthiness, sharing vision
Stepping up in times of crisis Build an engaged following who will
listen and share when needed
*Based on Humanize, by Maddie Grant andJamieNotter
Willingness to be YOU
Critical success qualities*
Willing to be YOU
This can result in online influence
Who are network weavers in
Who are the knowledge hubs in
Know who you want to connect
with most, and why
• Members, clients, students
• Alumni, past participants
• Other similar organizations
• Your learning community
• Your peers
Choose where you should be
Pick one channel to start
• Set up Google alerts for your name, your organization’s name, your
staff, your programs, and your industry
• Create Twitter listsand groups of those who are sharing good content
• Create RSS feeds for content
• Have an ongoing search your Twitter app for keywords
Resource: Writing your playbook
1. Name three things that you are passionate
about related to your school.
2. What will your conversations online be about?
3. Name three audiences with whom it is
important to connect regularly
4. In which channels will you want to invest your
leadership online this year? For how many
hours a week?
Is that all there is??
Plus a willingness to experiment,
give yourself time to learn, try, and
And don’t forget:
Your organization has a milestone anniversary in 2014,
and you intend to celebrate it creatively.
You are looking for alumni and donors who have
become influential professionals to interview (and ask
“Calling All Alumni”
How will you find them?
What do you need to have in place to
connect with them?