Rethinking Leadership in a Complex, Multicultural, and Global Environment: New Concepts and Models for Higher Education

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The complexity of the decisions that today's higher education leaders face - as they engage with a diversifying student body, globalization, and technological advances - requires embracing new ways of thinking about leadership. This book addresses the question: What new skills and competencies should leaders and programs develop?

It examines the new theories and concepts of leadership that are described in the multidisciplinary literature on leadership, and are being applied in other sectors from government to the nonprofit and business communities - to explore the implications for leaders and leadership programs in higher education.

This is a book for anyone developing institutional, regional or national leadership development programs; for aspiring leaders planning to participate in such programs; and for campus leaders concerned with the development and pipeline of emerging leaders. It will be particularly useful for administrators in faculty development offices who are planning and creating workshops in leadership training and for staff in human resource offices who offer similar training.

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"Indeed Rethinking Leadership Practices is an excellent compilation of the concepts, models, and good practices to develop the contemporary leadership capacity so needed in a new generation of college leaders... The audience for this book is any administrator accountable to develop talent and capacity for facult and staff in the leadership pipeline. With the admonition that old models of training will not develop leadership capacities so needed in today's times, Kezar and her authors present successful models taht have developed women and professionals of color over the years... Each chapter is well written, rich in context and detail, well researched with useful resources, and anchored by direct practical applications. The chapters are uniformly of high quality. Many students tell me they usually skip the "preface," but in this book, that would be a big mistake! This preface is a substantive contribution to the evolution of leadership development programs and framework for the argument for the book."

"Many resources on higher education leadership are of only passing relevance to department chairs. Not this one. While not all of the chapters will be of interest to the typical chair, most of them will, particularly the introductory overview and the chapters on complexity, activism, and ethics. Here even the most jaded consumer of "airport leadership" books will find provocative and maybe even inspiring material."

"Adrianna Kezar breaks new ground in this edited volume that focuses much-needed attention on the theory and practice of leadership in higher education. Trenchant analyses by leadership developers and scholars offer key insights on programmatic innovations that are responsive to rapidly evolving organizational environments in American colleges and universities. Their chapters provide readers with a user-friendly text for use in leadership development programs and for advancing the study of leadership in higher education. The exemplars of programs with proven track records as well as recommendations for “case-in-point” approaches to leadership development provide what Kezar refers to as “revolutionary” forms of leadership that emphasize empowerment, collaboration, social responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and cognitive complexity. This book will be of interest to faculty, administrators, and leadership scholars concerned with the context and process of learning leadership in 21st century institutions."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579222826
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,317,985
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrianna Kezar is an associate professor at the University of Southern California, and focuses on research related to leadership, change, diversity/equity, and organizational behavior. She has developed several leadership development academies including The Institute for Emerging Women Leaders, and has participated in leadership development institutes as a faculty member, including HERS.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface Adrianna Kezar ix

1 Revolutionizing Leadership Development: Lessons From Research and Theory Adrianna Kezar Rozana Carducci 1

2 The Hers Institutes: Revolutionary Leadership Development for Women Lynn M. Gangone 39

3 Developing Leaders of Color in Higher Education: Can Contemporary Programs Address Historical Employment Trends? Bridget R. McCurtis Jerlando F. L. Jackson Elizabeth M. O'Callaghan 65

4 Facing Organizational Complexity and Change: A Case-In-Point Approach to Leadership Development Tricia Bertram Gallant Cheryl Getz 93

5 Creating a New Breed of Academic Leaders from Stem Women Faculty: The National Science Foundation's Advance Program Sue V. Rosser 117

6 Spirituality, Religious Pluralism, and Higher Education Leadership Development Robert J. Nash Lara Scott 131

7 Leadership Programs for a Family-Friendly Campus Jaime Lester 151

8 Creating Faculty Activism and Grassroots Leadership: An Open Letter To Aspiring Activists Jeni Hart 169

9 Changing of the Guard in Community Colleges: The Role of Leadership Development Pamela Eddy 185

10 Higher Education Leadership Development Programs in the Marketplace Sharon A. McDade 213

11 Reflections on the Leadership Marketplace Adrianna Kezar Laurel Beesemyer 233

About the Contributors 239

Index 243

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