1st Edition

Understanding Power and Leadership in Higher Education
Tools for Institutional Change

ISBN 9781138341791
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
252 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

USD $42.95

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Book Description

Within higher education, power is often perceived negatively. Rather than avoiding the idea of power, this book explores the importance of embracing and effectively engaging power to affect positive change on campus. Understanding Power and Leadership in Higher Education gives college and university administrators the tools to understand the relationship between leadership, power, and influence within higher education. Highlighting real stories of effective college and university administrators, this book helps readers understand and analyze the use of power, preparing leaders for the realities of today’s administrative environment.

Table of Contents


Chapter One -- Introduction

Part One – The Context of Power and Leadership in Higher Education

Chapter Two – Types and Tactics of Power

Chapter Three – Organizational Context

Part Two – Power in Higher Education

Chapter Four – Symbols and Sources of Power

Chapter Five – Personal Attributes and Traits of Successful Administrators

Chapter Six – Using Power to Accomplish Your Goals

Chapter Seven – The Power of Internal and External Influencers

Part Three – Politics and Decision-Making

Chapter Eight – Politics and Political Behaviors

Chapter Nine – Falling from Grace

Chapter Ten – Paths to Power of the Presidency

Part Four – Practical Perspectives

Chapter Eleven – Now What?

Chapter Twelve – Wrap Up


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Mark Kretovics is Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at Kent State University, USA.