The Three Functions Of Leadership In Higher Education

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Functions of Leadership in Higher Education Identifying an exact, universal definition of leadership is a conundrum plaguing researchers in higher education. The definitions are as vast as administrative responsibilities. Bolman and Gallos (2008) attempt to defined leadership as, “Leading is a social process that involves relationships of influence, learning, and exchange” (p. 10). While the responsibilities of postsecondary administrators are too infinite to list, the following will describe three functions of academic leaders, organizational frames to help motivate team members, and provide examples of how one postsecondary administrator addresses each of the three functions of leadership.
Three Functions of Academic Leadership College
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41). Human resource management (HRM) is the leadership of those resources by cultivating a highly performing team to leverage a strategic advantage over the competition (Zhu et al., 2005). For each organization, the administrator’s specific duties in human resources varies greatly; however, one significant attribute is consistent. Administrators need to hire and maintain the right people for each position to meet organizational and departmental goals (Bolman & Gallos, 2011). There are not enough hours in the day or days in a year to allow higher education administrators to hire every staff and faculty member, so what they must do is ensure the people they place in those roles have a shared vision and purpose for the …show more content…
When written correctly, the mission statement can demonstrate the drive and purpose of an institution to potential students and constituents. Additionally, an institutional mission provides a central focus for all institutional efforts including targeting specific potential students, to demonstrate the goal of the institution, and motivate future endeavors to follow the same path (McClellan & Stringer, 2009). The administrator’s role is constructing a university mission that is universally adopted and supported by all internal and external constituents, and then providing opportunities for faculty and staff to support that mission (McClellan & Stringer,

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