Leadership Transitions in Universities
Arriving, Surviving and Thriving at the Top
- Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 19, 2021
Combining expert knowledge, experience and reflections from senior leaders to distil collective leadership experiences, this book explores the realities of leadership of universities rather than the imagined and often unrealistic expectations and perceptions of how leaders should act.
This key text is an informed insider’s guide to leadership transitions that will assist talented individuals in considering whether to apply for, how to prepare for, and how to take on the task of leading a university. The collection of leadership experiences provided will help universities to be more successful, students to have great educational experiences and staff at all levels to have more fulfilling working environments. It will also consider how to avoid the emotional pain and suffering that can arise when leaders find themselves poorly equipped, unprepared, unable, or unwilling to provide the sound and competent leadership that universities deserve.
Centred on the practice and experience of leadership, this book is a must-read for all new and existing Heads of Universities. It will also provide useful insights to those actively involved in the recruitment and development of senior leaders, members of senior leadership teams, as well as those who hold governance roles in universities.
Further updates and details about the application of the ideas in the book in practice can be found at www.leadershiptransitionsatthetop.com/
Table of Contents
PART 1: SETTING THE TRAJECTORY 1. Transitions: Concepts connections, challenges 2. Understanding the Role: The delicate balancing act 3. Understanding the Environment: Context and culture 4. ‘Being there’ and routes to ‘there’: Patterns and pathways 5. Undertaking the Journey Up: Motivations and making the cut PART 2: LEADING THE UNIVERSITY 6. Early Days: Surprises and sense-making 7. Senior Leadership Teams: It’s more than you 8. Working on the Agenda: Do strategy and planning really matter? 9. Leading change: From ‘launch pad’ to ‘lift off’ 10. Leading in a Crisis: Don’t forget BC, get through DC, focus on AC 11. Leading Externally: Concepts and cases 12. You and the Role: Surviving and thriving 13. Staying there: Most do, some don’t 14. The art and science of baton passing: Exiting well PART 3: WE NEED TO CHANGE 15. Shaping new beginnings: When, what and how? 16. The Future: for universities, for the Head of University (HoU) role and for transitions 17. Integrated leadership transitions: Planning and action 18. Voices from the top: final reflections on the realities of leading
Dr Tom Kennie is a Director of Ranmore (www.ranmore.co.uk) . He has over 20 years’ experience of working with leaders in higher education. He was, with Robin Middlehurst, a co-founding programme director of the UK Top Management Programme (TMP), a leadership development programme for senior leaders in universities. He is also a Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute/Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.
Robin Middlehurst is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at Kingston University London and an independent scholar and consultant in higher education policy, governance and leadership (www.robinmiddlehurst.com/). She led the UK’s national development programme on academic quality and standards and was a founding Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Robin is a Senior Associate of Ranmore.