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Leadership in Higher Education

               Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D.
            UCEA 94th Annual Conference
             ...
Presentation Objectives
1. Critique ideas about leadership (including
   those offered in this presentation)
2. Understand...
What is Leadership?
  “Calling for leadership is easy. But despite
 thousands of essays, research studies, and other
 scho...
What is Leadership?
 “There is still no agreement on how leadership
 can be defined, measured, assessed, or linked to
 out...
Thinking About Leadership
 “Cognitive biases allow us to see the
 „evidence‟ of the effects of leadership even
 when it do...
Maier’s Law
• If the facts do not conform to the theory
  they must be disposed of
Murphy’s Law of Research
• Enough research will tend to support
  your theory
Audience Responses
Describing Good Leaders
 •                         •
     Decisive                  Passionate
 •      ...
So what is Leadership?
AND HOW CAN WE LEARN IT?


3/29/2009                Slide 9
Theories of Leadership
 1.    Trait theories
 2.    Power and influence theories
 3.    Behavioral theories
 4.    Conting...
Thinking
 • The first changed behavior




3/29/2009                       Slide 11
Becoming a Reflective
Practioner
 • Reflecting in practice
 • Reflection on practice




3/29/2009                   Slide...
Leadership in Higher Education
A Dual World
  Analysis             Synthesis
  Short-Term           Long-Term
  Detail    ...
Leadership in Higher Education
Behaviors/Disciplines You Can Adopt
1. Don‟t get mad, but if you do, don‟t act
   (especial...
Leadership in Higher Education
Behaviors/Disciplines You Can Adopt
5. Be promptly responsive, big and small
6. Exceed expe...
Leadership in Higher Education
Behaviors/Disciplines You Can Adopt
11.Make sure you consult the right people before
   mak...
Leading in Difficult Times
 • Get Real
 • Communicate
 • Be Decisive




3/29/2009                    Slide 17
References
 • Critique of Donald Schon‟s work:
       – http://www.infed.org/thinkers/et-schon.htm




3/29/2009          ...
Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D.
            Dean, Continuing Education

                     gmatkin@uci.edu
             http://une...
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The purpose of this presentation is to create an open but critical view of what leadership in higher education is, how it is talked about, and how deans and directors might change their behavior to become more effective in their leadership roles. The presentation also addresses the special features of leadership needed in higher education as we enter troubled times.

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  1. 1. Leadership in Higher Education Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D. UCEA 94th Annual Conference April 1-4, 2009 3/29/2009 1
  2. 2. Presentation Objectives 1. Critique ideas about leadership (including those offered in this presentation) 2. Understand the various approaches to defining leadership (and their limitations) 3. Be able to apply reflection in and reflection on practice and how that practice relates to leadership (Donald Schon) 4. Understand the context for leadership in troubled times
  3. 3. What is Leadership? “Calling for leadership is easy. But despite thousands of essays, research studies, and other scholarly and practical works, the fact remains that little is actually known about the phenomenon we refer to as „leadership‟.” 3/29/2009 Slide 3
  4. 4. What is Leadership? “There is still no agreement on how leadership can be defined, measured, assessed, or linked to outcomes, and no clear and unequivocal understanding exists as to what distinguishes leaders from non-leaders, and perhaps more important, what distinguishes effective leaders from ineffective leaders.” (Birnbaum, How Colleges Work, and Bennis and Nanus) 3/29/2009 Slide 4
  5. 5. Thinking About Leadership “Cognitive biases allow us to see the „evidence‟ of the effects of leadership even when it does not exist.” Birnbaum, 25 3/29/2009 Slide 5
  6. 6. Maier’s Law • If the facts do not conform to the theory they must be disposed of
  7. 7. Murphy’s Law of Research • Enough research will tend to support your theory
  8. 8. Audience Responses Describing Good Leaders • • Decisive Passionate • • Confident Listens • • Self-assured Drive • • Open Demands quality & excellence • • Honest Trusts people • • Possesses integrity Empathetic • • Inclusive High emotional intelligence • • Charismatic Professional • • Flexible Caring • • Creative Sees big picture • • Focused Future oriented 3/29/2009 Slide 8
  9. 9. So what is Leadership? AND HOW CAN WE LEARN IT? 3/29/2009 Slide 9
  10. 10. Theories of Leadership 1. Trait theories 2. Power and influence theories 3. Behavioral theories 4. Contingency theories 5. Symbolic and cultural theories 3/29/2009 Slide 10
  11. 11. Thinking • The first changed behavior 3/29/2009 Slide 11
  12. 12. Becoming a Reflective Practioner • Reflecting in practice • Reflection on practice 3/29/2009 Slide 12
  13. 13. Leadership in Higher Education A Dual World Analysis Synthesis Short-Term Long-Term Detail Big Picture Managing Yourself Managing Others Doing Things Right Doing Right Things Rational Intuitive Reputation Prestige 3/29/2009 Slide 13
  14. 14. Leadership in Higher Education Behaviors/Disciplines You Can Adopt 1. Don‟t get mad, but if you do, don‟t act (especially don‟t write anything) 2. Beware of righteous indignation, in yourself and others 3. Be courageous, don‟t shrink from confrontation or difficult situations 4. If you have to do something you don‟t like, do it with grace
  15. 15. Leadership in Higher Education Behaviors/Disciplines You Can Adopt 5. Be promptly responsive, big and small 6. Exceed expectations on a regular basis at all levels 7. Be available, exercise sound time management techniques 8. Trust people until you can‟t 9. Communicate well and often 10.If you make a mistake, admit it, apologize, and take necessary steps
  16. 16. Leadership in Higher Education Behaviors/Disciplines You Can Adopt 11.Make sure you consult the right people before making a decision 12.Reflect in and on action, with others if possible, continuously, and as a matter of habit 13.Be a witness to events (avoid unnecessary emotionalism) 14.Personally engage, professionally distance - simultaneously
  17. 17. Leading in Difficult Times • Get Real • Communicate • Be Decisive 3/29/2009 Slide 17
  18. 18. References • Critique of Donald Schon‟s work: – http://www.infed.org/thinkers/et-schon.htm 3/29/2009 Slide 18
  19. 19. Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D. Dean, Continuing Education gmatkin@uci.edu http://unex.uci.edu/garymatkin 3/29/2009 19
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