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From the Publisher"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."