Portraits In Leadership / Edition 1

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Leading complex organizations is never easy or simple. In this book, Padilla uses the university as the organizational vehicle through which to examine the phenomenon of leadership and followership in complex entities. The unique characteristics of universities as organizations are discussed and the leadership experiences of six well-known university presidents are analyzed within an orignal framework of leadership. Just as John Kennedy's Profiles in Courage considered the notion of political courage within the institutional setting of Congress, this book explores leadership within the context of the modern American university. The roles of persuasion and communication are highlighted as the author weaves the principal patterns from each of the six case studies to the situational conditions that faced these extraordinary individuals. Padilla offers valuable suggestions on how to improve selection of leaders and increase organizational effectiveness. The author's plan follows three circles that overlap to form its basic framework: 1. The university as a complex organization; 2. Leadership - its patterns, theories, and commonalities; and 3. Case studies of exemplary leaders, which highlight their early experiences and actions. The overlap of the three circles defines the conclusions and synthesis. Each leader's story covers four areas: Childhood background; formal schooling/education; senior leadership roles and major defining events, successes, and failures; and forecasts for higher education and its leadership. The book includes an assortment of public and private universities, which provides a diversity of leaders who face significant differences in terms of control, financing, and oversight. This diversity allows for more useful comparisons and contrasts. The author explains the enormous role that persuasion (rather than domination or power) plays in successful leadership. It is clear that persuasion is effective in many settings, and not just in the university environment, but it is particularly ef

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Padilla (business management, North Carolina State U. Raleigh) cites parallels between his integrative approach to leadership in complex organizational contexts and John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage in politics. He overviews scholarly approaches to effective leaders in presenting six case studies of contemporary university presidents: Clark Kerr (U. of California), William Friday (U. of North Carolina), Father Theodore Hesburgh (U. of Notre Dame), Hanna Gray (U. of Chicago), John Slaughter (U. of Maryland), and William Bowen (Princeton U). Leading complex organizations is never easy or simple. In Portraits of Leadership Arthur Padilla, a professor of business management in the College of Management at N.C. State University, examines the American university to draw lessons about running large outfits. His six case studies—including a portrait of the challenges faced and solutions forged by William Friday when he led the University of North Carolina—highlight the importance of persuasion and communication. Padilla also suggests methods for improving the selection of leaders and increasing organizational effectiveness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275984908
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: ACE/Praeger Series on Higher Education
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.25 (d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR PADILLA is professor of business management in the College of Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He was previously vice president of the UNC system. Padilla was a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution from 1980 to 1981. He has published a number of articles in journals in his field of business and economics as well as in leadership

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The University as a Complex Organization Chapter 2 Leadership Chapter 3 Prologue 4 The Berkeley Quaker (Clark Kerr) 5 The Catcher from Dallas, North Carolina (William Friday) 6 God, Country, Notre Dame, and Father Ted (Theodore Martin Hesburgh) 7 Lenny, Lefty, and Chancellor Slaughter (John Brooks Slaughter) 8 Bowen's Beautiful Mind (William Gordon Bowen) 9 Hanna Holborn Gray: The Second Woman 10 Lessons, Conclusions, and Implications

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