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Reframing Academic Leadership

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"Colleges and universities constitute a special type of organization; and their complex mission, dynamics, personnel structures, and values require a distinct set of understandings and skills to lead and manage them well."
--From the PrefaceIn "Reframing Academic Leadership, " Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos offer higher education leaders a provocative and pragmatic guide
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ebook, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by Jossey-Bass (first published March 31st 2009)
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Sarah
I read this book based on a recommendation from a mentor. Going into it I was anticipating a fairly boring read, but I was 100% wrong. This book is extremely relevant and accessible. It's organized very clearly; I had an easy time following the thought progression. I was amazed at how much of the book felt applicable to my role in an academic library.
Sarah Beth
I read this book as part of a class on educational leadership for my Master of Education program. Overall, the book does a great job discussing issues relating to higher education leadership, and strategies for improving leadership style. This book is organized around the principle of "reframing" or "a deliberate process of shifting perspective to see the same situation in multiple ways and through different lenses" (13). The last section of the book was particularly helpful since it addressed t ...more
Yámana Science & Technology
This book comes at a critical time in organizational change and potential for the academic institution writ large. Bolman and Gallos have a very forward thinking approach to the dynamics of human interaction, especially in context of different stakeholder groups and the attempt to 'lead' a conglomeration of independent entities (as it seems most academic departments are).

'Reframing' is apparently not a new term to the corporate sector, but this book, like Kezar and Lester's 'Organizing Higher Ed
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Craig
Read for leadership institute at Harvard University.
Laura
This book goes over the more modern thoughts towards academic leadership in higher education. It takes a very causal and applicable approach to leadership and roles as an administrator in higher education. I liked it as I don't know a whole lot about what it actually means to be an administrator in higher education. It wasn't exactly anything new, just something to think about as far as awareness. In the end, I did like the strategies provided for being an effective administrator.
Amy
I had to read this book for an Organization and Governance in Higher Education class. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works in higher ed. It's an easy read with great examples and insight.
Gwen
For the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. Excellent ways to look at and actually do leadership in higher education.
Katie
Well-written book with great hypothetical situations to connect theories to reality.
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