Reframing Academic Leadership
December 2010, Jossey-Bass
—From the Preface
In Reframing Academic Leadership, Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos offer higher education leaders a provocative and pragmatic guide for
- Crafting dynamic institutions where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts
- Creating campus environments that facilitate creativity and commitment
- Forging alliances and partnerships in service of the mission
- Building shared vision and campus cultures that unite and inspire
- Serving the larger goals of the academy and society
Throughout the book, the authors integrate powerful conceptual frameworks with rich and compelling real-world cases to support academic leaders searching for the best in themselves and in their institutions. The book tackles thorny issues such as building institutional clarity and capacity, managing conflict, coping with difficult people, partnering with the boss, and developing leadership resilience.
Following in the tradition of Bolman and Deal's classic Reframing Organizations, Bolman and Gallos emphasize a pragmatic approach. They tease out the unique challenges and opportunities in academic leadership and provide ideas, tools, and encouragement to help higher education leaders see more clearly, feel more confident, and become more skilled and versatile in handling the vicissitudes of daily life. Reframing Academic Leadership is the resource for those seeking to understand, develop, and manage colleges and universities.
About the Authors.
Part I Leadership Epistemology: When You Understand, You Know What to Do.
1. Opportunities and Challenges in Academic Leadership.
2. Sensemaking and the Power of Reframing.
3. Knowing What You’re Doing: Learning, Authenticity, and Theories for Action.
Part II Reframing Leadership Challenges.
4. Building Clarity and Capacity: Leader as Analyst and Architect.
5. Respecting and Managing Differences: Leader as Compassionate Politician.
6. Fostering a Caring and Productive Campus: Leader as Servant, Catalyst, and Coach.
7. Keeping the Faith and Celebrating the Mission: Leader as Prophet and Artist.
Part III Sustaining Higher Education Leaders: Courage and Hope.
8. Managing Conflict.
9. Leading from the Middle.
10. Leading Difficult People.
11. Managing Your Boss.
12. Sustaining Health and Vitality.
13. Feeding the Soul.
Epilogue: The Sacred Nature of Academic Leadership.
Joan V. Gallos is professor of leadership, University of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor, and director of the Executive MBA program at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is the coauthor of Teaching Diversity and the editor of Organization Development: A Jossey-Bass Reader and Business Leadership: A Jossey-Bass Reader, Second Edition, all from Jossey-Bass.
—Maureen Sullivan, professor of practice, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Librarian of the Year
"Reframing Academic Leadership provides a compassionate
understanding of the stresses of serving in a leadership capacity
in higher education. It is an excellent book for those already
serving as administrators in colleges and universities and for
those who aspire to these positions. It offers insights to those
who do not fully appreciate why higher education is so hard to
‘manage’ and validation for those entirely familiar
with this world. I recommend it enthusiastically to both audiences
as an excellent blend of theoretical ideas and practical
—Judith Block McLaughlin, senior lecturer on education, director of the Higher Education Program, and educational chair for the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"In Reframing Academic Leadership, Bolman and Gallos
provide a refreshing view of leadership essential for those who are
assuming presidencies and other important leadership positions in
higher education as well as those who bring more conceptual and
practical experiences. No sooner had I read their work when their
notion of thinking outside the box and elevating the level of
discussion through ‘reframing’ was most useful in
resolving a board-related issue that I was facing in my first year
as president of my institution. This work by Bolman and Gallos is a
bedside reference for aspiring and current leaders in higher
education not only in the U.S. but also abroad."
—Fernando Leon Garcia, rector, Sistema CETYS Universidad, Baja California, Mexico
"Too often, higher education administrators understand neither
the organizations they lead, nor the theories
that provide them with knowledge they can apply to this
complex task. Bolman and Gallos have written a practical, lucid
text that brings together illustrative vignettes and robust
frameworks for diagnosing and managing colleges and
universities. I recommend this book to new and experienced higher
education administrators who will routinely confront
difficult people, structures, and cultures in their
—Christopher Morphew, professor and chair, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, College of Education, University of Iowa
"Reframing Academic Leadership is a gem, filled with
examples from days leaders really have. So much of what the authors
espouse is musical: the book reads like an effective guide for
leading a chamber music rehearsal, where one’s role
constantly shifts from star to servant and where multiple answers
may be 'right.' Very cool."
—Peter Witte, dean, Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City