ERIC Number: ED449703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Mapping the Domains of Effective Leadership: The Case of Deans and Directors.
Rosser, Vicki J.; Johnsrud, Linda K.; Heck, Ronald H.
Asserting that in order to determine the effectiveness of those in leadership positions accurately and fairly, an understanding of how individuals and groups of individuals construct their notions of effective leadership within complex organizations must be developed. This study sought to: (1) define and measure effective leadership empirically (in this case, the effectiveness of deans of colleges in one university) and (2) examine individual and group characteristics that may affect the perceptions of effective leadership within the academic organization. Faculty and staff were surveyed on several dimensions of their dean's leadership effectiveness: vision and goal setting, management of the unit, interpersonal relationships, communication skills, research/professional/community endeavors, quality of the unit's education, and support for institutional diversity. Demographic data on respondents and deans and structural variables of the academic units were also included in the analysis. Findings indicated that unit size and external dollars generated are positively related to perceptions of leadership effectiveness; that women are viewed as better leaders than men; and that the respondent's place in the organization affects his or her perception of the dean's leadership effectiveness. (Contains 67 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Sacramento, CA, November 2000).