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Higher Education Leadership: Issues Concerning Theory and Practices

Higher Education Leadership: Issues Concerning Theory and Practices
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Author(s): Viktor Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Marianne Robin Russo (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Siran Mukerji (IGNOU, India) and Purnendu Tripathi (IGNOU, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4458-8.ch011

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates gaps that exist between leadership theories and practice. Well-reasoned theories are described in many academic books, yet they may not apply in practice. In higher education, these gaps may seem to be compounded by the lack of technical skills or leadership ethics. To demonstrate the true gaps between leadership theories and practice, the authors provide a scenario that illustrates this effect. While the different leadership theories are briefly reviewed, the authors’ intention is to demonstrate that applied theory to practice will assist leaders in guiding followers in the right direction for the benefit of these specific stakeholders as well as for the academe at large. A model is developed to help ameliorate the gap between leadership theory and practice in terms of teaching and leadership within the academe, inclusive of faculty and administration. The conceptual framework encapsulates: (a) the interaction of one’s teaching philosophies and teaching theories; (b) the interaction of one’s teaching philosophies and leadership theories; and (c) behaviors and interactions of leaders and followers to prevent leaders from ganging up on followers.

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