The absurdity of the bureaucratic leadership model is apparent to anyone who grew up on the social web, where influence depends on your ability to attract followers. If you’re a digital native, you view positional power as inherently authoritarian and are deeply suspicious of anyone who seeks “power over.”

To you, leadership isn’t about giving orders, but activating a community. You understand that the fastest way to erode your real leadership capital is to bludgeon others with your positional authority.

Given this, it’s time for a radical rethink of leadership and leadership development.  As much as your organization spends teaching up-and-comers to be better managers, it needs to invest even more in identifying and equipping those who are naturally inclined to be activists and hackers.