The true measure of your own leadership capacity is the extent to which you are able to support your team in becoming leaders themselves.
Community College Chairs have dual roles. On one hand, they need to manage their own and others’ work to advance the strategic and business directions and commitments of the college. On the other hand, they need to lead their department team in ways that mobilize, inspire and develop each individual, such that all employees are highly engaged in working to their full capacity. Complex, challenging and exciting, the Chair’s role is vital to the success of the college as a learning-centered organization.
This manual distills the practice wisdom of two seasoned academic leaders, providing a menu of reflective leadership practice activities, tools for eliciting feedback from others, and practical tips for creating a high-functioning and positive departmental culture. Illustrated throughout with personal leadership stories and case examples, the manual provides a roadmap to leadership success for both new and experienced Academic Chairs.
“The hallmark of an effective academic leader is their ability to promote leadership in others - horizontal leadership in the creation of communities of practice. The tools and strategies in this practical, user-friendly manual offer indispensable guidance to Chairs as they lead their department teams to realize their fullest potential and peak performance.” Dr. Sandra Murphy, RN, PhD Vice-President, Academic & Chief Learning Officer “This manual is something that I wish I was given on my first day as a new Chair! It is insightful, thorough and allows us to plan and work towards our own goals as we evolve in our Chair role”.
Amanda Stone, M.Ed Chair, Business & Management Studies, School of Business “Through actions, example, and words, Marilyn and Sue inspire me to be a better leader. Their book is a collection of real, rubber-meets-the-road ideas and practices that get you better results, immediately and enduringly. Get yourself a copy, and find your work transformed.” Tim Roy, BCOMM, CPCC, TESOL Chair, Part-time Learning, School of Advancement