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ERIC Number: EJ1024491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
"You Do Not Have to Be the Boss to Be a Leader": Contested Meanings of Leadership in Higher Education
Juntrasook, Adisorn
Higher Education Research and Development, v33 n1 p19-31 2014
In this article, I explore some of the contested meanings of leadership coexisting within the context of higher education. I report from my study about how academics at one university in Aotearoa/New Zealand experience and understand themselves as leaders in their everyday working contexts. From the participants' accounts and their institution's documents, four particular meanings of leadership predominated. These meanings were "position", "performance", "practice" and "professional role model". Employing a poststructuralist approach, I examine the discursive and material effects of these meanings, focusing on how they constitute certain ways of thinking, practising and "becoming" for individual academics. My findings offer a way to critically understand leadership beyond positional and instrumental paradigms which, I argue, is necessary for creating more inclusive higher education institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand