Beverly and Etienne Wenger-Trayner in their recent blog post described distributed leadership as a key feature of Communities of Practice. Distributed leadership helps to expand the social learning capabilities of a Community of Practice, and push forward their overall learning process.
In order to implement the concept of distributed leadership, Wenger-Trayner propose to set up leadership groups, each of which serves a specific learning need of the community.
- Agenda activists: driving the learning forward
- Community keepers: weaving the social fabric
- Critical friends: reflecting on the process
- Social reporters: creating a shared memory
- External messengers: communicating with external audiences
- Value detectives: making value-creation visible
- Organizational brokers: connecting with organizational stakeholders
The authors in their blog post provide a detailed description of each of these group types, the formation process and their specific functioning in the wider context of Communities of Practice.
Link to blog post