Ruben, B. D., De Lisi, R., & Gigliotti, R. A. (2021). A guide for leaders in higher education: Concepts, competencies, and tools (2nd ed.). Routledge. Read Chapter 1: Academic Leadership, pp. 3-17.
This chapter introduces you to the groupings of leadership theories, including a high-level summary of the research and strengths and limitations of each perspective. The authors draw on the work of Peter Northhouse, a well-known expert on leadership commonly referenced with higher education circles. This critical chapter will introduce you to the overarching schematic of the leadership theory landscape.
Nevarez, C., Penrose, R., & Padrón, E. J. (2013). Leadership theory and the community college: Applying theory to practice. Stylus. Read Chapter 11: Transformational Leadership and Chapter 13: Transformative Leadership. This book is written from a community college perspective but is applicable across higher education. Transformational leaders are guided by ethics and psychology to urge those within the organization to aspire to go beyond achieving the minimum expectations. In contrast, transformative leaders are driven by a social justice mission, hoping to improve the outcomes of those less privileged. These two theories are additional examples of theoretical frameworks that help shape the field of education.
Lumby, J. (2016). Distributed learning as fashion or fad. Management in Education 30(4), 161-167. This article is from a K-12 perspective about distributed leadership; however, its message applies to higher education as well. Distributed leadership (DL), a subtext to shared leadership and a theoretical cousin, has increased in popularity over the last 15 or 20 years as a way to increase participation in decision-making and, thus, improve the outcomes of schools. The authors argue that there is no consensus on a definition of distributed leadership and how the DL theoretical framework may be "snake oil."
Kezar, A. J., & Holcome, E. M. (2017). Shared leadership in higher education: Important lessons from research and practices. American Council on Education. This ACE report outlines the differences between shared leadership from shared governance, and how shared leadership as a new model is necessary to address challenges facing higher education today. This report covers a lot of relevant topics to this course, including how institutions respond to change and conflict and seek to include others in decision-making processes. Furthermore, they explore how leadership comes in forms other than a position of authority. The report is somewhat lengthy (22 pages), but will prove to be a valuable resource to increase your understanding of these week’s topic as well as topics found in other weeks of this course.