Transformational Academic Leadership

coaching, your office
I was talking to a friend recently, while out walking the dog in the slush, and a university leader of our mutual acquaintance came up. And it had been such a nice, if soggy, walk until then! Regardless of the number of screeds published railing against the neoliberal, corporate university, one distinction between corporate and academic organizations that remains intact--much to academia's detriment, I contend--is the fact that managers in academia receive no training. Your dean or department head is unlikely to have taken courses or been trained in how to manage people or how to lead organizations. I don't think that a department or faculty should be run like a corporation or other business, but I think it's essential that the men and women who fill management roles in…
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