An exploration of university leaders’ perceptions of learning about leadership

Drew, Glenys M., Ehrich, Lisa C., & Hansford, Brian C. (2008) An exploration of university leaders’ perceptions of learning about leadership. Leading and Managing, 14(2), pp. 1-18.

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The paper reports on a study conducted with eighteen new and emerging middle level university leaders who had been targeted for a senior leadership development program. Participants were asked to identify (i) what constitutes effective leadership within a university setting; and (ii) and reflect on one or more significant learning experiences that helped them to learn about leadership. The findings revealed that effective leadership practices were those that fell within two broad categories of interpersonal skills and engagement; and strategic thinking, action and operational effectiveness. Three main types of significant learning experiences cited were learning from others; formal university leadership programs; and critical incidents on the job. The paper concludes with some key implications for developers of university programs.

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ID Code: 17125
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 1329-4539
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2009 03:34
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 03:02

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