Becoming a Chief Leadership Officer (CLO)

clo or chief leadership officer

What is a Chief Leadership Officer or a CLO?  We are familiar with a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), so is CLO a new terminology?  Yes, it is.  According to Kevin W. McCarthy, emerging business leaders will be called Chief Leadership Officers and will be charged with:

  1. Positioning the organization to be a leader in its chosen field.
  2. Positioning each person to be leaders on and off their jobs.
  3. Meaningfully integrating the two above so everyone profits – remembering that financial gain is but one aspect of profit.

What are some of the attributes of a CLO?

  • A CEO manages people; a CLO leads people
  • A CLO has a team, not employees
  • A CLO increases wealth so everyone profits

Why new titles?  Per Mr. McCarthy’s book of the same name, “in 2015, Gallup Consulting reported that over half of the employees surveyed are not engaged in their work.  One in six employees are actively disengaged – think about sabotaging the company.  This means only about one third of employees are engaged in their work.”

This means that the current system of management under CEO’s is failing.  A CEO is “the top officer driving the company into obsolescence.”  Most CEO’s came out of business school starting in the 50’s where Frederick Winslow Taylor was the grandfather of the top business schools’ curriculum.  This is now an absolete operating system unprepared to treat people as whole persons.  The world is changing and companies need to change with it.

Chief Leadership Officers seek collaborative relationships with their team, vendors and partners.  They give their team the resources to self-manage.  They give transparency into the business, welcoming a free flow of information to build trust, eliminate problems, improve the workplace and increase productivity.  When one member of the team suffers, they all suffer.  Every person on the team understands and appropriately uses purpose, vision, missions and values.

Thank you, Mr. McCarthy, for giving us a new paradigm, a new way of thinking of our leadership role in our companies