What is a Dotted Line Leader

Leadership, and influence for that matter, exist in many forms and contexts within an organization.

Direct Leadership, or Straight Line Leadership, is your typical Manager – Employee relationship.  The leader often has formal rights including performances review, merit increases, and other methods or tools for which to exert influence.

Indirect Leadership, or Dotted Line Leadership, exists in many forms and contexts.  Sometimes this is a project manager, team leader, a functional coordinator, a worker-manager, or a geographically distant functional manager/director.  Dotted Line Leaders have to exercise more influence without authority.  Dotted Line Leaders have to get things done despite not having formal control over their resources.

The Dotted Line Leader is a site dedicated to examining this relationship.

In the weeks and months that follow we will explore how Dotted Line Leaders must navigate areas like Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Team-Building, Employee Development, Influence, Persuasion, Engagement, Resource Management, and more.  In addition, we’ll review how to navigate modern complexities like Virtual Reality, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Enterprise Automation.  And what this means to the Modern Organization.


Don’t #DeleteUber, #KeepUber and #FixUber

I hate hashtags, I promise to never do that to you again.

Uber has been attacked recently by seemingly everyone.  Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, cultivating a toxic workplace culture, stealing IP from google, illegal self-driving tests, their CEO berating at a driver.  Heck, even Vice has gone after them for harming the environment.  Oh yeah, and then there was Greyball program.

It’s no wonder that we all just want to give up, delete Uber, Install Lyft, and move on with life.  However, I don’t think it’s too late.  How?  Well to start: Engaging their drivers and adding value to that relationship, Cultivating a diverse workforce from the top down that rewards EQ as much as IQ and ‘fierceness’, and lastly reconnect with the priorities or their customers (hint, it’s not always about the money).

If we just give up on Uber, then collectively we all lose.