1st Edition

Engaging Leaders The challenge of inspiring collective commitment in universities

By Paul Gentle, Dawn Forman Copyright 2014
    178 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Addressing the question of how leadership can work most successfully in universities, Engaging Leaders strengthens the sense of shared professional knowledge and capability amongst leaders in higher education. Presenting a narrative of change which not only spells out why universities need to work differently, this book also takes the reader through clear practical steps which any practising leader can take in order to build a collaborative professional culture which supports and challenges all members of an academic community.

    Using a selection of case studies from UK and international universities, the book explores why working collectively remains a fundamental challenge for many higher education institutions and looks at the benefits of creating a collective commitment throughout universities. It covers:

    • action learning and professional learning communities
    • emotionally-intelligent organisational cultures
    • feedback as an intrinsic tool
    • building partnerships and collaborations
    • Higher Education and public value
    • cultures of innovation and sustainable practices.

    Engaging Leaders is for those who see themselves as leaders in higher education, whether or not this is recognised in their job title. It provides stimulating perspectives on what they might do to become more engaged and engaging, and includes examples of inspiring practice which is already making a difference in universities, colleges and new private providers. It will be of value to established managers as well as those new in post, and also for those participating in postgraduate programmes.

    Introduction  Chapter 1. Universities and Individualism  1.1 Academic and leadership identities  1.2 The moral purposes of universities  1.3 The corporate agenda  Chapter 2. Towards the Learning Oraganization?  2.1 Collective commitment  2.2 Enablers and barriers  Chapter 3 Catalysts for collaborative working  3.1 Learning conversations  3.2  Action learning  3.3  Collaborating for educational impact 3.4 Professional learning communities  Chapter 4. Emotionally-intelligent organizational cultures  4.1 Applying emotional intelligence  4.2  Reconceptualizing meetings  4.3  Showing empathy and consideration  4.4 Mastering self-regulation  Chapter 5. "When do we get feedback?"  5.1 Intrinsic feedback  5.2  Learning from feedback approaches  5.3  Coaching conversations  Chapter 6. Working in Partnerships--Higher Education and Public Value  6.1  Influencing challenges  6.2  Building partnerships and collaborations  6.3 Public value  Chapter 7. Systemic Action in Universities  7.1 Cultures of innovation  7.2  Sustainable practices  7.3  Ways forward for the sector


    Paul Gentle is Director of Programmes at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK. He is also Programme Director for the Top Management Programme.

    Dawn Forman is an adjunct professor at Curtin University and Auckland University of Technology and visiting professor at Chichester and Derby University, UK. She has published five books, 10 chapters and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals.