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ERIC Number: EJ873889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Generations of Leadership
Sullivan, Leila Gonzalez
Community College Journal, v74 n4 p35-37, 39 Feb-Mar 2004
As the 21st century begins, both the external circumstances confronting all types of organizations and the expectations of people inside those organizations are undergoing radical and unremitting change, with the consequent need--even demand--for a renewal in leadership. Community colleges are no exception. Today community colleges are experiencing another "changing of the guard." As they near their fortieth, fiftieth and even higher anniversaries of service, many of these institutions are making a transition to a new generation of presidents whose leadership style is considerably different from their predecessors: the first generation of "founding fathers," who pioneered a new and democratic form of higher education; the second generation of "good managers," who led the colleges through a period of rapid growth and abundant resources; and the third generation of "collaborators," who have drawn disparate groups together to leverage scarce resources and make access to higher education truly universal. The author describes the first two earlier generations of presidents--(1) "founders"; and (2) "managers," the "collaborators" generation as the current generation, and the new generation, which are the "millennium" leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California