Leadership means many things in an academic environment
Formal academic administration roles. The many forms of faculty governance.
Leadership requirements associated with teaching, mentoring, running a lab.
Faculty leadership within a discipline. Staff leadership.
Leadership in academia has many faces.
Kardia Group serves as a strategic partner for the many faces and challenges of leadership in academia, including:
- Career skills and strategy
- proper pacing for achieving goals (i.e., it’s a marathon, not a sprint)
- dealing with e-mail and other sources of overwhelm (including how to discern urgency and importance from uproar)
Formal leadership, leadership development and strategy
- leadership markers: how to hold and demonstrate authority in a way that fits that leader, their department, and the work that needs to be done
- strategies for making faculty meetings, departmental retreats, and other significant investments of faculty time worth the effort
- supporting faculty through significant career and personal transitions (tenure and promotion, retirement, leadership roles, success markers, family changes, mental health issues, etc.)
- departmental Executive Committees, by-laws and other governance documents, and other departmental faculty leadership roles: what they’re good for, how they vary, how to make use of them
- “you’re not my boss,” “only my happiness matters,” and other common claims faculty make in dealing with their chairs
- transparency as a necessary but legally, strategically, and interpersonally complex goal
- departmental service assignments
- improvements to performance review system (including how to handle annual reports, annual meetings, and merit raises)
- Interpersonal and departmental dynamics
- working with different types and levels of conflict
- dealing with crises or complications left behind by the previous chair
- boundaries and confidentiality issues with close colleagues and friends
- dealing with faculty dynamics that undermine the shared academic endeavor (such as territoriality, in-fighting, undermining, and withdrawal)
- identifying and addressing tensions between faculty and staff
- dealing with faculty behavior related to legal, moral, or terms-of-employment issues
- Leading change
- considerations regarding climate assessments and faculty leadership in climate change endeavors
Leadership resources for faculty, staff, and academic administrators
- Faculty coaching, staff coaching, academic administrator coaching – for leadership development, career development, situational strategy and problem-solving
- Leadership development assessments – practical, specific, action-oriented insights
- Consultations – strategic partnering for positive change
- Chair/Department head training – contact us for information about coaching and workshop/seminar options