Technology, Conversation & Leadership

15 Aug


In an excellent article in the NYTimes, Sherry Turkle notes “we have substituted connection for conversation.”  She then goes on to discuss the power of conversation and its importance in our lives.


Both the TED video and the article are intriguing and well worth some time, if you have any.  Most troubling to me was her statement that:

“Our flight from conversation can mean diminished chances to learn skills of self-reflection.”


The most recent and compelling work on leadership development places self-reflection as an essential ability.  In addition much has been written about the power of conversation as a particularly valuable leadership skill.


The June 2012 issue of the Harvard Business Review has an article entitled Leadership is a Conversation.  There is emphasis here on the value of listening as an ingredient of conversation and leadership.  Turkle also notes that many young people may not be developing the skill of active listening.  Food for reflection.


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