Leadership inspires best efforts by sharing a common goal that amplifies individual abilities. A University attracts intelligent people who can achieve world-class outcomes. I agree with Jim Collins who studied social sector leaders saying “true leadership only exists if people follow when they have the freedom not to.” A good leader is also a good listener. During a $12 million successful fund raising campaign I received candid critiques, as fund-raising provides accurate feedback. We ended up with cash gifts but a much richer portfolio of ideas from donors and dissenters.
Faculty governance works because self-determination inspires people. I led a collaborative department faculty for four consecutive terms. We had a long term mission to enable short term goals, and ten years of consecutive high stature national awards was one of several measurable outcomes. We celebrate what we achieve in a place where we look forward to work each day. Academic leaders can ensure what we do is gratifying and what we accomplish is amazing.