Rethinking the "L" word in higher education: the revolution in research on leadership, Volume 31

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In these times of change and challenge in higher education, pleas for leadership have become frequent. However, the type of leadership required within this new context (of globalization, demographic changes, technological advancement, and questioning of social authority) may call for different skills, requiring a re-education among campus stakeholders if they want to be successful leaders.

In the past twenty years, there has been a revolution in the way that leadership is conceptualized across most fields and disciplines. Leadership has moved away from being leader-centered, individualistic, hierarchical, focused on universal characteristics, and emphasizing power over followers. Instead, a new vision has emerged: leadership that is process-centered, collective, context-bound, non-hierarchical, and focused on mutual power and influence processes.

This volume summarizes research and literature about new conceptualizations of leadership to inform practice.

This is volume 31, number 6, of the ASHE Higher Education Report, a bi-monthly journal published by Jossey-Bass.

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Challenges and Missed Opportunities in the Study of Leadership
Positivist Paradigm

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About the author (2006)

Adrianna J. Kezar is associate professor at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Understanding and Facilitating Change in the 21st Century from Jossey-Bass.

Tony C. Chambers is senior fellow at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and faculty in the Program on American Cultures at the University of Michigan.

John C. Burkhardt is professor of higher and postsecondary education at the University of Michigan and is director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

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