Four things academic leaders should never say

January 8, 2019

“You can’t always say everything you would like to say and still be effective in administrative roles,” writes David Perlmutter. To that end, the author provides a breakdown of four phrases higher ed leaders should never say: “I’m just so busy/I work hard”; “”The previous leader did it wrong”; “Back at my old school we did it better/differently”; and “#&^$*@!" Perlmutter adds that although academic leaders have the right to assert facts and deny falsehoods to protect their department’s interests, academic leadership can also mean restricting the individual’s leader right to say what they want to say if it threatens the integrity of their office. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)