ERIC Number: ED317099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Making Sense of Administrative Leadership. The "L" Word in Higher Education. ERIC Digest.
Bensimon, Estela M.; And Others
The digest is based on a full length report (with the same title) on leadership in higher education. The full report provides a definitive review of the literature and institutional practice on the topic. Recent scholars have new ideas challenging traditional notions that organizations are driven by leadership or that the quality of leadership greatly affects organizational performance. Research traditions in leadership can be grouped into six categories of theories: trait, power and influence, behavioral, contingency, cultural and symbolic, and cognitive. One useful organizational typology from the perspective of leadership suggests that organizations can be viewed from four vantage points (structural, human resources, political, and symbolic frames). Study of leadership in colleges and universities is problematic because of the dual control systems, conflicts between professional and administrative authority, unclear goals, and other properties of professional organizations. Leadership in higher education can be examined from the perspective of leadership theories and organizational frames, though an explicit conceptual orientation is absent in many of the works. Contemporary works indicate understanding of leadership in academic organizations may be undergoing a paradigmatic shift from a rational perspective toward a cultural and symbolic perspective. Cultural and symbolic theories deserve serious attention because they present a view of leadership that is highly compatible with the characteristics of academic organizations. Contains 9 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, College Administration, College Presidents, Higher Education, Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles
ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1181 ($1.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.