Tri-C President Alex Johnson on Why You Should Never Lead Alone
Johnson tells Smart Business Cleveland organizations need “a tactical plan that ensures widespread commitment and involvement.”
It’s easy for the chief executive of a large organization to think they are singularly responsible for maintaining the culture, standards and direction of the organization.
But while it’s true that the “the buck stops here,” sometimes requiring the head of the outfit to make difficult judgment calls that no one else can, effective leadership is far more often a team effort.
Cuyahoga Community College President Alex Johnson recently spoke with Smart Business Cleveland about the need for presidents, CEOs and other top-tier executives to create a culture of collective leadership in which leaders at all levels of the organization are empowered to develop their own areas to reach their maximum potential.
Johnson pointed to the Tri-C President’s Council as an example of engaged collaborative leadership. The President’s Council comprises faculty and staff members from throughout the College who meet regularly to discuss and build consensus on actions, goals and objectives around student achievement.
Though such a council might not be an ideal solution for some organizations, Johnson still emphasizes the need for regular interaction with individuals who carry out the organization’s day-to-day operations, ensuring the lines of communication and engagement remain open and that the organization’s vision is communicated throughout.
“You must undertake a concerted effort to ensure a closer proximity to individuals who carry out day-to-day operations and who often know firsthand how to address specific challenges and opportunities,” Johnson told Smart Business.
“Engage these individuals and groups to educate them on your vision for the organization and to actively seek input.”
June 26, 2019
Erik Cassano, 216-987-3577 or firstname.lastname@example.org