The Open Leadership Network exists to promote the use and further development of Open Social Technologies in the workplace and to their respective practitioners and communities of practice both individually and collectively.

The term Open Social Technologies describes a diverse and growing set of protocols, frameworks, and models designed to promote engagement and participation, both in the specific context of change and more widely in the course of everyday work. Being Open, they are easily and inexpensively transferrable, repeatable, and reproducible; as patterns, they work both on their own and in combination; the combinations often inspire innovation. Typically, they are characterised by a sense of invitation and outcome-orientation, both of those essential also to leadership development.

The need for both, the tools and for our movement, arises from the repeated failed attempts to achieve cultural and process change through imposition, an approach that isn’t merely outdated, misguided, or disrespectful (and it is all of these things), but counterproductive. Goals such as excellence, agility, innovation, alignment, and learning can be achieved only through engagement and participation, and in this context we reject imposition and coercion as incongruent both with those goals and our values.