ERIC Number: EJ887856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Dynamic Leadership Development in Community College Administration: Theories, Applications, and Implications
Basham, Matthew J.; Mathur, Raghu P.
New Directions for Community Colleges, n149 p25-32 Spr 2010
As the twenty-first century progresses, educators face considerable turmoil from the economy, shrinking budgets, aging facilities, and high turnover and attrition among employees at all levels, all the while contending with increasing enrollments and a declining completion rate. These challenges don't even include the ever-growing number of students arriving at the school doors who are not fully prepared to begin their education at a community college without first receiving remediation. Within this climate, job roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers are stretched beyond the boundaries of their traditional descriptions. More often, the skills and talents of leaders and managers fall into the "other duties as assigned" function. One such duty for community college leaders and managers is serving on a variety of administrative teams. In many instances ongoing or static teams can become stale and fizzle or lose their potential to be productive. Instead, dynamic teams may serve the institution much better by delivering a better product and being more useful through developing the skills and talents of their leaders and managers. This requires further development and refinement of leadership and management traits within those teams to more fully and capably address these challenges and opportunities. These seemingly dual abilities, having appropriately fine-tuned leadership and management skills, will therefore make for better employees all around. This article discusses the theories, applications and implications for dynamic teams in community colleges. It includes a review of the applicable literature on teams as well as defining leaders and managers as they pertain to administration.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Administration, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership, Leadership Training, Administrator Characteristics, Leadership Qualities, Administrator Responsibility, Theory Practice Relationship, Personnel Management
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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