Management fads and business leadership books come and
go. But the Internet, and the changes it is forcing upon business
managers of all stripes, is here to stay. The days of closely knit
teams working on long-term strategy in close quarters are gone,
replaced by virtual teams that constantly reinvent the business in
multiple time zones the world over. And the business world is in
desperate need of a new model for leadership befitting the Internet
Fortunately there is already a window into this rapidly changing world. In the realm of online games, specifically massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs), leaders emerge that deftly navigate the motivational, emotional and social needs of their direct reports in a highly competitive, distributed, virtual environment. And there are many lessons to be learned...