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ERIC Number: ED305970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-30
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Leaders for a New Century.
Shaw, Ruth G.
The turn of the century will signal a profound change in the composition and character of the leadership of community colleges. Future leaders will have in common with their peers in the private sector a global perspective and a mastery of technology seldom seen in today's leaders. More of them will be women, minorities, and immigrants. Beyond changes in skills, sex, and race, however, future leaders must be characterized by a compelling moral vision for the community college and by the ability to build communities. Their vision will be based on an understanding of the social and economic climate of the community college and the institution's potential for change and renewal. Building communities will require the ability to articulate this vision, assume a role in community leadership, and create a functioning team aligned in pursuit of a common goal. Meeting the challenges implicit in building communities necessitates: (1) educating boards of trustees and presidential search committees about the tasks of leadership in the new era; (2) modifying the approaches of graduate schools and internal leadership development programs to include nontraditional management skills; (3) building receptivity to women and minorities in leadership positions among boards and staff members; and (4) educating internal constituencies about consensus building, teamwork, information sharing, and shared decision making. New leaders and new forms of leadership will gradually transform the colleges into genuine communities. (ALB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (69th, Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).