Organizational Leadership and Governance

These two critical aspects of an organization are rarely directly connected. That is, executives and senior managers are trained in leadership approaches; senior leaders, owners, and board members may be instructed in effective governance approaches; but the two are not necessarily connected. Lack of congruence between governance strategy and organizational leadership strategies create conflicts that limit productivity. Congruence of a governance model and key objectives with operational leadership strategies can be a key competitive advantage.

Program Overview

This executive education program is directed at current and developing organizational leaders. It is an intense 3-4 day interactional program aimed at reviewing and examining the key functions of organizational governance structures, the key functions and activities of operational leadership, and the critical points of reinforcement and possible conflicts of governance and leadership. In short, governance is frequently focused on what an organizational should do, while organizational leadership is focused on how things are done. This program improves the ability of managers and leaders to better understand governance needs and goals, choose effective strategies for managing and leading organizational units, and provide feedback and insights to key governance structures that help build stronger, more aligned organizations.

Program Content

Day 1
a) Key governance goals and priorities

    • Organizational strategies; stakeholder concerns, participation, and conflicts; risk management; oversight of operational leaders; regulatory and legal compliance; internal evaluation/audit, ethical norms)

b) Alternative approaches to governance goals

  • Agency model; stewardship models; complementary models; value-creating governance;

Day 2
a) Organizational leadership goals, objectives, and priorities

  • Implementation; performance targets; regulatory and legal compliance, employee development; performance management and efficiency; reporting and assessment.

b) Alternative organizational leadership strategies and models

  • Transactional; transformational; authoritarian; democratic; participatory; laissez-faire; servant; group

Day 3
a) Connecting governance with operational leadership to create an integrated model

  • Congruence and conflicts between alternative governance and leadership approaches
  • What is your governance model and its implications (participants complete a profile of the organizational governance strategy and its implications in their organization – identify of organizations remain withheld for confidentiality). These are discussed and reviewed in class to integrate governance and leadership strategies.

Target participants

Department leaders; high potential middle managers.

Program Faculty

Prof. Dail Fields
Professor of Organizational Leadership & PhD Program Director
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