ERIC Number: ED332736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-14
Reference Count: 0
Leadership & Spirit: Rejuvenating an Organization from the Bottom Up.
Using a case study which documents the creation of the Access and Program Development Division at George Brown College, a large urban community college in Ontario, Canada, this paper explores the nature of leadership in educational management. Introductory material argues that leadership in management should be defined as a performing art rather than a science. Next, a four-page literature review examines the trend away from a structured, goal-directed approach to management towards a more spiritual, self-reflective one, and contrasts works on traditional and nontraditional approaches to leadership. The case study is then presented in the following sections: (1) The Parable of the Seeds, or the Story of the Access Division; (2) Access Division--History and Achievements, reporting quantifiable indicators of success on the futures program, academic upgrading, services for the hearing impaired and special needs students, and community outreach; (3) tables examining the Access Division's structure and achievements for 1989-91; (4) an analysis of the case study, using a framework which centers structure, people, politics, and symbols/spirit; and (5) a conclusion, underscoring the importance of the leader's ability to view the organization through multiple lenses. Attachments include "One Leader's Creed for the Workplace," 20 references, and an information flyer on the Access Division. (JMC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 1991).