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ERIC Number: ED352921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: N/A
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Shaping Institutional Vision: The Risk of Presidential Leadership in Small Colleges. A Preliminary Report. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Zhang, Chunsheng; Strange, C. Carney
This paper presents the results of a qualitative study of the leadership of nine presidents who have accepted the risks and challenges of executive leadership in nine small Midwestern colleges. Focus is directed toward these presidents' risk-taking strategies with respect to the major leadership challenges of being a senior executive of a small institution. The paper also addresses the variations in strategies discovered and conceptualized metaphorically within a framework of three degrees of institutional health: (1) institutions in critical condition; (2) institutions requiring symptomatic relief; and (3) healthy institutions seeking new levels of institutional performance. Interviews reveal that institutional vitality largely rests on the clarity of its mission, the articulation of that mission to all concerned, and its willingness and capacity for change. Success at risk taking seems to be a function of fit between presidential style and an institution's needs, within the context of institutional health, e.g., an enterprising spirit among presidents of dying institutions. Also, the more intuitive style of problem solving, although high in risk, apparently gives the kind of jolt an institution needs to get going. In some cases, the enthusiasm and sense of hope ingrained by these presidents is capable of instilling new life into an institutional framework that had all but expired. Contains a 90-item bibliography. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
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