Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference [NOOK Book]

Overview

The alternative to negative academic leadership is a style that is essentially positive, taking its cues from the movement known as positive psychology. Rather than devoting all of one’s attention to solving problems, it emphasizes strengthening what’s working well. The difference between negative and positive leadership may be best understood by contrasting why one goes to a doctor and why one goes to a personal trainer. The former tries to heal what’s ailing; the latter tries to strengthen what’s healthy. ...
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Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference

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Overview

The alternative to negative academic leadership is a style that is essentially positive, taking its cues from the movement known as positive psychology. Rather than devoting all of one’s attention to solving problems, it emphasizes strengthening what’s working well. The difference between negative and positive leadership may be best understood by contrasting why one goes to a doctor and why one goes to a personal trainer. The former tries to heal what’s ailing; the latter tries to strengthen what’s healthy. Positive academic leaders are equivalent to personal trainers for the programs they lead, and the result can be a truly transformative academic experience. This new book gives academic leaders new insights and practical tools, as well as language and strategies, for fostering a more constructive leadership style that plays to the strengths rather than the weaknesses of their institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118552223
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Resources for Department Chairs
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 476,348
  • File size: 664 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffery L. Buller is dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Academic Leadership Day by Day; The Essential Department Chair; The Essential Academic Dean; The Essential College Professor; and Best Practices in Faculty Evaluation, all from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

About the Author

Introduction

Part One: Exploring Positive Academic Leadership

1 What Positive Leadership Means

2 Alternative Approaches to Academic Leadership

3 Applying the Positive Leadership Model to Higher Education

Part Two: Positive Approaches for Yourself

4 Positive Language

5 Positive Perspectives

6 Positive Strategies

Part Three: Positive Approaches for Faculty, Staff, and Students

7 The Academic Leader as Coach

8 The Academic Leader as Counselor

9 The Academic Leader as Conductor

Part Four: Positive Approaches for Higher Education as a Whole

10 Positive Administration Throughout the Institution

11 The Crisis Industry and How Positive Leaders Should Respond to It

12 Playing to Our Strengths

Index

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