1st Edition

The Practice of Leadership in Higher Education Real-world Perspectives on Becoming, Being and Leaving

Edited By Kendall Jarrett, Stephen Newton Copyright 2021
    282 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practice-orientated book explores the nature of leadership in higher education during three key stages of the leadership cycle: becoming, being, and leaving leadership.

    Providing perspectives on leadership from a range of professional sectors, this book presents considered views on contemporary and future leadership practices in higher education from a global network of contributors. Included within each chapter are prominent questions designed to engage the reader to think about their own leadership experiences to date and leadership development needs. Key points covered include:

    • the complexities of leadership in higher education in a changing world
    • discussion of internally resourced leadership development frameworks and programmes currently used across the sector
    • leading complex education systems
    • perspectives on leadership from a range of professional sectors such as corporate, military, elite sport, and public, that can be used to improve the quality of higher education leadership
    • case studies of academics’ leadership practices that provide readers with authentic personal insights into discipline-specific leadership experiences from around the world.

    Full of practical examples of personal leadership experiences which can be used to help inform readers’ leadership aspirations, development, and legacy planning, this is the ideal read for anyone interested in understanding their identity and practice as a leader in higher education.

    PART 1. Realities of leadership in higher education in a changing world  1. Defining leadership in HE  2. Developing leaders from within  3. Learning to be a leader  PART 2A. Leadership insights: from within the sector  4. The influence of experience and culture on leadership  5. Leading for learning: Building on values and teaching expertise to effect change  6. Leading complex educational systems  7. Academics in exile – A ghost chapter  8. Leadership legacy in Higher Education  PART 2B. Leadership insights: from outside the sector 9. Lessons from corporate leadership  10. Military leadership  11. Leadership in sport  12. Leadership in the public and third sectors  PART 3. Stories of leadership in higher education  13. Becoming a leader  14. Being a leader  15. Leaving leadership   In conclusion


    Kendall Jarrett is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath, UK, as well as a Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Kent, UK.

    Stephen Newton is a longstanding management consultant and qualified business coach.


    This book is aimed at anyone leading in higher education, whatever level of leadership their role may require… it would be particularly helpful for colleagues needing to reflect formally on their leadership – for example for academic promotion or Senior Fellowship application.

    Liz Mossop, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement, University of Lincoln, UK.