Top nine practices of effective presidents

April 29, 2016

Higher education can provide us with many examples of effective and ineffective leaders, writes Scott Newman for the Chronicle of Higher Education, but those who are effective tend to follow a set of key practices. Newman outlines nine of these practices, which include: conveying a coherent vision, keeping one's own counsel, and understanding one's obligations to boards. The most important of all, however, might be a president’s mindfulness toward her or his “fit” within an institution. Newman concludes that, “successful CEOs in academe are almost always the beneficiaries of careful research on their prospective employers and sincere assessments of their own capacities to advance the institution.” Chronicle of Higher Education