At talentDAO we set out to study leadership in the decentralized world of work. Working with the support of SCRF to conduct a multi-phased research project, this post announces the first milestone of our research, introducing core DAO leadership.
Link to essay : DAO Leadership: Building on the shoulders of giants
Taking stock of decades of leadership research, we defined DAO leadership as:
a dynamic, emergent group property in which people flexibly lead one another - selectively using skills and expertise based on the evolving needs and context of the DAO - by sharing responsibility to perform specific leadership behaviors to achieve group or organizational goals
Building upon this definition we developed an evidence-based framework of leadership behaviors that drive outcomes applicable in DAOs, hence «building on the shoulders of giants».
The tl;dr is:
- Self-leadership involves exerting self-influence over one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors at work.
- People leadership involves supporting others, caring about their needs and wellbeing, treating group members equally, and being approachable, friendly, and open to input from others.
- Task leadership involves setting clear expectations, planning tasks, clarifying responsibilities and performance as well as monitoring operations and outcomes.
- Change leadership involves setting a vision for change, making strategic and tactical decisions, encouraging thinking beyond traditional norms, and taking risks by pushing things forward.
Each category of leadership behaviors breaks down to dimensions that correlate with specific outcomes [more on the essay].
This comprehensive framework will guide our primary field research within DAOs to explore how leadership principles, practices, and behaviors apply in the context of decentralized work and investigate what structural supports are implemented to foster the emerge of shared leadership.
Through this first phase of research we went above and beyond our initial goal, opting for over delivery to not reinvent the wheel further down the road during the second phase of research. Thus the core DAO leadership milestone aims to be the foundation for further studies on coordination within DAOs.
DAO Leadership NFT
To reward our first research milestone and collect funds for our future research plan, we minted DAO Leadership Entry Editions NFT via Mirror. This tiered collection provides the following benefits ( benefits add up from lower to upper tier ):
Legendary: NFT Art + talentDAO Genesis Club Eligibility
Rare: NFT Art + Private educational workshop and advisory
Common: NFT Art + Whitelist for all tiers of tDAO membership token + early access to future research via token gated Discord
The NFT Art represents an ecosystem built on the shoulders of a sapient giant. People cooperate building megastructures and operating machines that recall the notable Italian inventor Leonardo Da Vinci. With the third eye wide open, the sapience, the giant supports us in building the new world of decentralized work. The opera is from Testasecca, an Italian artist who’s just getting into crypto. This is literally his first NFT.
Link to essay: DAO Leadership: Building on the shoulders of giants
Sending a message of gratitude to SCRF team for providing initial support to kick-off our research project, we are looking forward to your feedback and to trigger a vibrating discussion on DAO leadership with SCRF community over here and across social media. Stay tuned on Twitter and LinkedIn to gauge community reactions and participate to discussions.
Pietro Marenco (Mr.Nobody) and Lisa Wocken