Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118552229
  • ISBN-13: 9781118552223
  • DDC: 378.1
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The alternative to negative academic leadership is a style that is essentially positive, taking its cues from the movement known as positive psychology. Rather than devoting all of ones attention to solving problems, it emphasizes strengthening whats working well. The difference between negative and positive leadership may be best understood by contrasting why one goes to a doctor and why one goes to a personal trainer. The former tries to heal whats ailing; the latter tries to strengthen whats healthy. Positive academic leaders are equivalent to personal trainers for the programs they lead, and the result can be a truly transformative academic experience. This new book gives academic leaders new insights and practical tools, as well as language and strategies, for fostering a more constructive leadership style that plays to the strengths rather than the weaknesses of their institutions. 

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
About the Author.
1: Exploring Positive Academic Leadership.
2: What Positive Leadership Means.
3: Alternative Approaches to Academic Leadership.
4: Applying the Positive Leadership Model to Higher Education.
5: Positive Approaches for Yourself.
6: Positive Language.
7: Positive Perspectives.
8: Positive Strategies.
9: Positive Approaches for Faculty, Staff, and Students.
10: The Academic Leader as Coach.
11: The Academic Leader as Counselor.
12: The Academic Leader as Conductor.
13: Positive Approaches for Higher Education as a Whole.
14: Positive Administration Throughout the Institution.
15: The Crisis Industry and How Positive Leaders Should Respond to It.
16: Playing to Our Strengths.