Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Shared Leadership a 'Necessity' for Universities

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Shared Leadership a 'Necessity' for Universities

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Shared leadership in higher education is a "necessity" for institutions worldwide, including those in the UK, according to a new report.

Drawing on examples from the UK and Australia, the authors of a study for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education argue that in the context of increased managerialism, where many staff are "sceptical of traditional influence and authority", shared leadership - which involves distributing managerial power outside a small circle of people - can offer a means of "reconnecting academics with a sense of collegiality, citizenship and community".

The authors of the paper, Developing and Sustaining Shared Leadership in Higher Education, offer six key principles for shared leadership. These include engaging with staff across a university and developing a "context and culture of respect for and trust in individual contributions to effect change through the nurturing of collaborative relationships".

One case study, from RMIT University in Australia, highlights how a department helped to build trust across the institution by using student feedback to improve teaching without criticising individual lecturers. …

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