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ERIC Number: EJ803892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Why Presidents Fail--and How They Can Succeed
Peterson, Harry L.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n40 pA40 Jun 2008
A new president comes to the job with enthusiasm and optimism. The board that hired the president, as well as the faculty and staff members who anticipate the new leader's arrival, share those sentiments. Some people hope he or she will do as well as the previous president; more often, they hope the new president will do everything that the predecessor did well and improve on what that person did not do well. Leadership is a craft that requires adherence to specific techniques and principles; violating them may get a president in trouble. Experiencing certain problems doesn't mean the president will fail, but not identifying and correcting them will increase the likelihood of failure and distract from the goals that he or she is trying to accomplish. This article describes some of the problems often faced by presidents. A list of suggestions for avoiding potential problems is also presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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