ERIC Number: ED432172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Leadership Conundrum: Leadership Development Perspectives in Higher Education.
Walker, David A.
This paper presents the views of three leaders in the field of higher education on various aspects of the role of leadership in today's colleges and universities. Dave Ambler of the University of Kansas notes that the traditional leadership style, which he refers to as the "plastic president," produces leaders who become combinations of all-knowing entities and salespersons, and who define for the institution and its personnel the objectives and priorities to be followed. Don Adams of Drake university believes that many current leaders in higher education are faced with a leadership challenge, directing institutions with old ideas, with little vision and planning beyond the next academic year, without an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their institutions, and without creating opportunities for institutional growth. Joan Claar of Cornell College maintains that there is a crisis in higher education leadership, and that some leaders do not possess the skills needed to cope with rising institutional debt, rising tuition, degree devaluation, and the deteriorating image of higher education. (Contains 11 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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