Leadership in Higher Education: A Handbook for Practicing Administrators

Leadership in Higher Education: A Handbook for Practicing Administrators

Leadership in Higher Education: A Handbook for Practicing Administrators

Leadership in Higher Education: A Handbook for Practicing Administrators

Synopsis

This handbook provides administrators with assistance in planning, controlling, directing, organizing, staffing, and coordinating within their organization.

Excerpt

This handbook on leadership and general administration in higher education has been written from both the theoretical and practical aspects. It is written for those administrators who are active in the profession today as well as for those who desire to be leaders in the future. Most higher education administrators spend a lifetime trying to attain leadership abilities and attempting to implement and understand general administration practices.

There are many managers and administrators in the field of higher education; however, there is a very small percentage of true leaders. There will always be a position for those administrative leaders who are effective and efficient. One assumption made in the process of writing this book is that any person can be a more effective leader if he or she has the appropriate education. Not everyone can be a great leader or even a good one, but if a person has some natural leadership traits or characteristics, improvement can definitely be made. The better the "raw materials" such as appearance, personality, attitude, and education, the greater the potential success in administrative leadership.

This book is written in the interest of providing the administrator in higher education with assistance in planning, controlling, directing, organizing, and coordinating within his or her organization. The book also covers basic areas such as general administration, motivation, personnel, program development and evaluation, finance, public relations, communications, student development, instructional programs, faculty unionism, women executives, learning resources, and so forth.

The three principal authors have combined a number of years of practical administration experience. Other professionals in the field of higher education administration have joined them in writing portions of the book. The authors all believe that present and future administrative leaders must be able to help people identify emerging problems and issues, and to provide leadership in decision making to bring about proper alternatives in the solution to those problems. In developing this . . .

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