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Chapter 5: A Digital Remix on Life, Leadership and Legacy

Summary of Exercises

This chapter 5 exercise has seven parts:
  • Transform Leadership Theory Into a Digital Leadership Presence
    I invite you to join me in co-creating and playing with these theories. Pull out your favorite leadership text or theory—you know, the one that really speaks to you and pulls at your heartstrings. Then situate the theory, model, or framework into a digital setting.
  • Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in a Digital Application
    Reflect on initiative, program, or message you want to mobilize in others.
  • Identify Your Social Media Strengths
    I encourage you to review your own top five strengths and consider how they play to talents you are already applying to digital communication tools. How could you harness your talents further to enhance social media-based communication and communities?
  • Dx in Action
    Next to each transformation-rooted leadership theory in the table, list one example of how you have or will demonstrate it in your online presence
  • Consciously Connected
    Connect one social media platform (context) and list the skills you can activate (self) as considerations to tap into the emotions of the community (others).
  • Strategic Social (Media) Change
    Consider the three leadership practices of this theory and answer the following: How do you (or could you) apply leadership in digital spaces using strategic social change as a strategy?
  • Your Digital Leadership Mind-Set
    It’s time to connect your leadership with online practices. Which leadership theory or theories do you most identify with? List at least one in the table, including its core framework, tenets, and beliefs, then consider how you can display and amplify those attributes online. How has this theory already informed your digital presence and practices?

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Next Steps

Now head to our book community, the Digital Leadership Network found at http://bit.ly/DigitalLeadershipNetwork, and find the chapter 5 topic, where you can share a few of your reflections, discoveries and actions on any of these exercises.

The Digital Leadership Network is a community of learners reading the book Digital Leadership in Higher Education.

Chapter Resources

Making sense of various leadership theories in light of digital communication tools.

Josie Ahlquist

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