The Guardian homeNew research uncovers a persistent belief in, and demand for, inspirational university leadership but an equally deep vein of resistance from the sector, says Jacky Lumby.
Leading higher education is tough. That much people can agree on. The Inspiring Leaders category of the Guardian University Awards, sponsored by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, is a recognition of this and a call to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who have brought out the best in others and achieved exceptional results,despite the turmoil in higher education. Alongside the award, the foundation commissioned from me a report on what we know about leadership in higher education, drawing on its own research and that of others.
The resulting review, What Do We Know About Leadership in Higher Education?, suggests that we may know less than we think we do, not because we're short of research, but because we are looking at leadership through strong filters. Research generally shows us leadership at second hand, reflected in the perceptions of staff about their leaders, or leaders' beliefs about their own practice. Read more...