With the rise of social media, the “Old Professional” – characterized by controlling the message and centralizing power – is rapidly becoming an endangered species, and is making way for a new, more open and transparent style of Professional.
In an HBR Blog, Allison Fine describes the shift from the old to the new.
- I am closed to the world
- I can’t make mistakes in public
- I don’t reveal my personal interests to the world
- I am expected to have the answers to questions
- Power is taken and held
- I am open and accessible to the world, strengthening my relationships with people
- I am human, when I inevitably make mistakes, I apologize quickly and sincerely
- My interests, hobbies, passions make me interesting and attractive
- I am searching for answers with my network of colleagues and supporters
- Power is shared and grown
Social media is here to stay. New style CEOs, perhaps only 38%, know that their organizations will best thrive by living and breathing out in the real world.