E-leadership: Tackling complex challenges

Mary Lynn Pulley, Valerie I. Sessa

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In exploring the impact of digital technology on leadership, we identify e-leadership as a complex challenge that is characterized by five key paradoxes: swift and mindful; individual and community; top-down and grass-roots; details and big picture; and flexible and steady. For people to function effectively in this changing environment, a broader definition of leadership is needed – one where people in organizations make sense together of the challenges facing them and where they participate in leadership at every level. This requires a training environment where individual skills of perspective-taking, network and coalition building, and story telling are developed along with team-based skills of using dialogue, managing networks, and protecting voices from the fringe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Commercial Training
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2001


  • Internet
  • Leadership
  • Team building
  • Training


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