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229: Maximizing Leadership Hierarchies with Lindy Greer, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

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The ability to understand and alter the power dynamic of a team is an essential leadership skill for maximum effectiveness according to today’s guest, Lindy Greer, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

In addition to her Associate Professorship, Lindy is the Faculty Director of the Sanger Leadership Center. Her expertise in leadership development has been published in leading outlets such as Forbes, the New York Times, and the Journal of Applied Psychology to name a few. 

In this episode, Lindy briefly discusses her inspiration to look at leadership differently and takes a deep dive on the four keys to a positive leadership hierarchy. She explains the importance of creating areas of ownership for team members as well as building team structures that are flexible. 

Lindy gives the example of learning to power flex through voice and other strategies for reducing or increasing the power distance between leaders and teams. Lastly, she offers a tangible tip to be intentional about your team’s hierarchy.

Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
  • [3:04] The inspiration to look at leadership differently
  • [9:10] The four keys to a positive hierarchy
  • [12:34] Creating areas of ownership
  • [14:15] Building based on expertise
  • [16:04] Building structures that are flexible
  • [19:05] Learning to power flex through voice
  • [22:52] Reducing the perceived power distance between leader and team
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Lindred (Lindy) Greer is an Associate Professor of Management & Organizations at Ross as well as the Faculty Director of the Sanger Leadership Center. Her research focuses on how to lead effective organizational teams, with specific interests in leadership skills in conflict management, diversity and inclusion, vision crafting, and the communication of emotions.

Lindy has published in top management and psychology research outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. Her work has also been covered in well-known media outlets including the New York Times, Forbes, and Fast Company. She has received awards for her research from the Academy of Management and American Psychological Association, and she was recently named one of the Top 40 under 40 Business School Professors by Poets and Quants.

Lindy is currently an Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Journal, on the boards of six of the top management and psychology journals, and has served on the boards of professional associations such as the International Association of Conflict Management and the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. 

Lindy received her B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She joined the team at Ross in 2019.

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