The Future of Leadership in Public Universities: Is Shared Leadership the Answer?

Craig L. Pearce, Bob G. Wood, Christina L. Wassenaar

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Leadership of public universities has come under fire—from scandals, from funding, from students, from every direction. Top-down leadership of institutions of higher education has been described as a “disease.” Shared governance—a mechanism of faculty representation in the leadership and decision-making processes—a seeming alternative, has been described as “a recipe for paralysis.” In this article, the authors proffer shared leadership as a potential elixir for leading public institutions of higher learning, unleashing creative potential, focusing on pressing strategic imperatives, and enabling sustainable systems that leverage true talent to maximum effect. It is time to move beyond the moribund myth of top-down heroic leadership and beyond the bureaucratic, political quagmire of the current state of affairs in shared governance. Is shared leadership the answer?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-644
Number of pages5
JournalPublic Administration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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