ERIC Number: ED202365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of Leadership for Regionalism: Some Suggestions for Action.
The connections between regional organization and regional leadership in postsecondary education are considered. The role of leadership, various styles of leadership, and strategies for implementing the development of leadership are discussed. Leadership qualities demanded by regionalism that are different from leadership qualities needed in other areas of higher education and in other fields are also considered. In the report "Regionalism in American Postsecondary Education: Concepts and Practices," S. V. Martorana and Lawrence A. Nespoli suggest three strategies for organizations: the authoritative/coercive tactic, the incentive funding tactic, and the programmatic/opportunistic tactic (a combination of the first two). In the third model where decisive authority is used in circumstances meriting action and incentives are used when less aggression is required, flexibility and good judgment are required of the leader. Harry Levinson's "The Exceptional Executive" identifies the specific types of leaders: shaman, who uses personal powers; priest, who claims power through the office; elected leader, who goes through some time of preparation to achieve the position; missionary, whose mission involves a utopian view of the future and a program to achieve reforms; and mystic healer, an altruist and creator who seeks to find causes. Three areas of knowledge that are needed to accomplish the important mission of achieving regionalism are as follows: knowledge of higher education, knowledge of government, and knowledge of human relations. Other qualities that are necessary are flexibility of character, facility for negotiation, and the ability to look to the future. Strategies for developing leadership include special institute programs run by universities or agencies. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.