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ERIC Number: ED476456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
What Do We Know about Good Community College Leaders: A Study in Leadership Trait Theory and Behavioral Leadership Theory.
Goff, Donald Gary
Provides a comprehensive review of recent scholarship pertaining to leadership and community college presidents. Particular attention is paid to trait and behavioral theories of leadership. The trait theory asserts that the individual requires leadership traits as part of his or her personality and that the traits can be polished in order to be a successful community college leader. The behavioral leadership theory attempts to explain distinctive styles used by effective leaders through the nature of their work. The author traces the evolution of the community college leader and discusses the unique challenges faced by contemporary college presidents (e.g., relevance in a global economy, distance education). Previous leadership trait and behavior studies are analyzed for their relevance to community college leaders. The document includes tables of prominent leadership theorists along with the essential traits and behaviors gleaned from their research findings. The author concludes, however, that it is not possible for any community college president to acquire all of the traits and display all of the behaviors listed in this report. Instead, leaders will need to draw upon diverse resources (e.g., their staff, continuous training) to meet the leadership challenges of the 21st century. (Contains 17 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A