Organizational Leadership News & Views

Why organizational leadership needs collaboration for success

  • Alvernia MOL

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one

Back in the late 1960’s, Three Dog Night wrote those lyrics to describe a romantic breakup. Turns out they could have been writing about poor leadership skills.  For when it comes to organizational leadership, there is definitely power in numbers. A leader doesn’t get very far if he or she simply gives orders. Research shows that it’s much more effective to create an environment where everyone on the team works together.

Forbes published 8 Tips for Collaborative Leadership by Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D in February. Goman often gives presentations on the power of collaborative leadership and offers the following advice on how to build collaboration in an organization:

  1. Realize that silos can kill your business.
  2. Build your collaboration strategy around the “human element.”
  3. Use collaboration as an organizational change strategy.
  4. Make visioning a team sport.
  5. Utilize diversity in problem solving.
  6. Help people develop relationships.
  7. Focus on building trust.
  8. Watch your body language.

In this video, Carol Kinsey Goman explains collaborative research.

Knowing the important role team dynamics plays in collaboration, the masters of organizational leadership program at Alvernia University in Pennsylvania has an entire class devoted to this topic. MOL 570: Followership, Groups & Teams examines the theories, models, and works related to followership and explores the theories and evidence-based research related to group and team dynamics.

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