Dr. Michael Johnson, The Leadership LevelUp Podcast - Ep. 36

On this episode of Leadership Level Up Dr. Michael Johnson, a long-time servant and employee at Trevecca Nazarene University joins the show. Dr. Johnson shares insights from his extensive leadership journey where he has created connections among people with diverse perspectives.

Jeff and Dr. Michael Johnson explore the meaning of generosity, with Dr. Johnson highlighting the importance of a nobility of purpose. Dr. Johnson goes on to discuss his doctoral research on the relationship between generosity, satisfaction with life, and commitment to an organization. He stresses that generosity extends beyond financial contributions, encompassing various acts that can be world-changing. Eventually connecting this concept with leadership dynamics, Jeff and Dr. Johnson touch on the idea that you can lead from any position within an organization as well as the significance of servant leadership.

As Dr. Johnson reflects on his 34-year tenure at Trevecca, he shares details about his current role as Aide to the President for Special Projects. The episode concludes with a glimpse into his ongoing efforts to raise $35 million for a new athletic facility, highlighting the collaborative approach needed to make this vision a reality.

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Meet Your Guest

Dr. Michael Johnson

Dr. Michael Johnson has been the Aide to the President for Special Projects at Trevecca University for over 26 years. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and received his Doctorate in Education, and he is also the host of his podcast, Michael in the Middle. His research explores the link between generosity, life satisfaction, and organizational commitment.  His commitment to positive change is evident in his strategic projects and collaborative approach. From a B.S. in Communication and Human Relations to leadership roles, his educational journey reflects a lifelong dedication to learning and impact.

About the Leadership LevelUp Podcast

Being a boss and a leader are very different. A boss tells you what to do and a leader partners with you in the process. Jeff, being a leader of leaders, has a vast knowledge of best practices and exercises to discover leadership traits. Brian shares stories with Jeff about the ups and downs of his leadership quest while talking to business and community leaders to discuss their personal leadership journey. Who influenced them? What do they do when they have a bad day? What gives them inspiration? Do french fries or tacos or ice cream make them feel better after a bad day? Through laughter and casual conversation, Brian and Jeff explore all aspects of good leadership.

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