ERIC Number: ED239388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Educational Leadership: What Next?
Cunningham, Luvern L.
An examination of futurist literature showed that, in addition to traditional leadership skills, there are eight emerging skills vital to future leaders. Leaders of the future will have to focus on both future and present issues simultaneously by planning for various time frames, sensing the rates of change and communicating goals to followers, and providing the rationales, stamina, and concentration to bring about desired outcomes. In addition, leaders must reconcile the interests of many sectors and use techniques of mixed scanning (micro and macro) to interpret types of problems. Skill in appraising institutional performance will also be necessary, as well the willingness to adapt to changing conditions. Moreover, future leaders must also use their intuitions creatively in all areas, including in two further vital leadership skills: the ability to develop decision-making policy and the capacity of monitoring how their leadership is being understood by the public. Educational administration programs need to be reformed to anticipate future leaders' needs. (JW)
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Management Development, Planning, Prediction, Trend Analysis
Publications, University Council for Educational Administration, 29 West Woodruff Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration, Columbus, OH.