While we often look to one hierarchical leader to guide us through difficult changes, in business and in public life, this may not be what is most effective.
...shared leadership strategies, though messy, were more effective in establishing change....even though the academy leans strongly towards hierarchical leadership reliance.
In cases where a large scale strategic or transformative change needs to occur, leadership responsibilities need to shift and often become shared between various individuals or groups.
Professor Duin and forum participants all shared personal cases where singular leadership was misaligned with the needs of the organization and shared leadership strategies, though messy, were more effective in establishing change that would be by all the parties involved. This type of buy-in is often needed in the University setting, even though the academy leans strongly towards hierarchical leadership reliance.
Whether restructuring colleges and departments to be a more competitive and well aligned university to developing ways for various technology centers to work together to delineate responsibilities, meet the needs of users, and continue evolving with the fast pace of new technology offerings, developing inroads for collaborative co-leadership is key to making broad innovative changes.
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