ERIC Number: ED341300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Dimensions of Balance in an Administrator's Life.
Creswell, John W.; And Others
Administrator's Update, v8 n1-2 Dec 1991
This article presents a new model for viewing and implementing balance in the lives of higher education administrators derived from a review of the educational, psychological, and management literature. Rejecting the traditional, two dimensional model for balancing work with the rest of life, the new model envisions four concentric circles of interactive life dimensions: values, renewal, life roles and context. The inner circle of the model contains the personal values which govern an individual's life. The second circle consists of inner dimensions: areas of personal renewal including the emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, physical and occupational aspects. The third circle of the model moves to external dimensions, to involvement and participation in the world. In this category are the roles administrators play as they implement their values and allot time and energy for areas of renewal including the roles of parent, spouse, friend, citizen, leisurite, learner, son or daughter, homemaker, and worker. The final circle is the context in which the administrator exercises his or her role including gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, socioeconomic conditions, educational background, family background and structure and work place factors. Integrating these dimensions can balance an administrator's life. Includes 34 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrators, College Administration, Family Role, Higher Education, Individual Development, Industrial Psychology, Interpersonal Relationship, Quality of Working Life, Sex Role, Stress Management, Time Management, Values, Vocational Adjustment
American Association of University Administrators, 2121 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20052 ($2.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.