ERIC Number: ED407027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Transformational Leadership in a Changing World: A Survival Guide for New Chairs and Deans.
Hilosky, Alexandra; Watwood, Britt
New academic chairs and deans can assume their new challenges with less frustration if they understand the essential elements for developing a culture of proactive change. One key concept is transformational leadership, in which leaders employ idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration to achieve results. It is also important to understand that change is a process, not an event; is accomplished by individuals; is a highly personal experience; and involves developmental growth. Chairs and deans will be called upon to play many roles, including change leader, incorporating characteristics of transformational leadership; administrative manager, focusing on daily operations rather than innovation; and college professional, or mentors guiding faculty through team building and professional development. Studies have shown that deans and chairs are instrumental in implementing change at their institutions, with 80% of decisions at universities made at the departmental level. A study of the role of community college chairs in the change process found the following seven concepts for effective change: (1) the president should set the tone by employing visionary transformational leadership; (2) individuals should feel empowered; (3) teams should be used; (4) effective methods for data collection; (5) a focus on quality; (6) the college must be able to respond to change; and (7) constituents should be satisfied with college services. Contains 11 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Walking the Tightrope: The Balance between Innovation and Leadership. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Chair Academy (6th, Reno, NV, February 12-15, 1997); see JC 970 185.