The culture of any organization is set by the worst behavior the leader tolerates.
Executive leaders are the role-models of an organization, responsible for establishing culture and leading teams to be successful. During this episode, Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor of South Louisiana Community College joins Dr. Janet Pilcher to share her story and her secret for building kick-ass leadership teams. Dr. Harder has led her team through a historic merger with multiple campuses, successfully blended cultures, systems, processes, programs, and students all while maintaining a focus on making education available to everyone.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- What does it mean to build strong leadership teams?
- Why is it important for an executive leader to build strong executive teams?
- What advice does Dr. Natalie Harder have for other executive leaders?
Have you ever heard someone say, “I trust people until they give me a reason not to”? We may aspire to approach our lives and relationships from a blanket trust stance. Realistically, most of us have to earn trust.
Executive leaders provide the strategic leadership for a team or organization. These leaders establish goals for the organization and ensure that strategies to reach the goals are executed with quality and fidelity. For the organization to be successful, all members of the executive team should possess the characteristics of high performing leaders.
The mid-level leader's ultimate responsibility is to ensure the strategic goals are implemented with fidelity by the teams they manage. Executive leaders decide what strategies best suit the needs of individual departments, but it is the mid-level leader who supports actions needed to achieve annual targets.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” -Ronald Reagan. How do we get people to do great things? We must have continuous conversations with those we lead.