ERIC Number: ED238380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Power of the Presidency.
Fisher, James L.
A guide for college presidents is presented that reviews briefly the significant research on leadership and power and discusses each presidential constituency. Attention is directed to the uses and limits of the following types of power in many daily situations: coercive, reward, legitimate, expert, and charismatic. Of these types of power, it is suggested that the most effective for the college president is charismatic power, the ability to inspire trust and confidence. When coupled with expert and legitimate power, the combination produces an effective presidency. The president's constituencies include the faculty, staff, students, the influence/benefactor hierarchy, politicians, public figures, the community, bureaucrats, the media, trustees, and alumni. These constituencies are considered in relation to such presidential activities as administration, governance, speaking, and personal relationships. The role of the president and the administration is discussed with attention to structure, delegation, competence, and loyalty. In considering the role of the president and institutional governance, the rationale for faculty and student participation in governance, as well as the importance of the president as the final authority, are considered. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Alumni, Board Administrator Relationship, College Administration, College Presidents, Governance, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Styles, News Media, Power Structure, Public Relations, School Community Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Macmillan Publishing Company, 866 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: American Council on Education/Macmillan Series in Higher Education.