What are universities and colleges doing to provide preparatory leadership experiences for our next generation of academic deans and department chairs? They typically come to the position without leadership training, without prior executive experience, without a clear understanding of the ambiguity and complexity of their roles, without recognition of the metamorphic changes that occur as one transforms from an academic to a leader, and without an awareness of the cost to their academic and personal lives. A radical change to developing academic leaders must be achieved if we are to respond to today’s challenges. The purpose of this research is to explore how campuses can advance academic leaders through the three components of leadership development: conceptual understanding, skill development, and reflective practice. It also provides an overview of the strategy, structure, system, skills, and shared values one can use to develop campus leadership capacity. Through observations and data analysis, a dozen lessons emerged that can be generalized to most colleges and universities across the globe.
Gmelch, Walter H.
"The Development of Campus Academic Leaders,"
International Journal of Leadership and Change:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijlc/vol1/iss1/7