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In these times of change and challenge in higher education, pleas for
leadership have become frequent. However, the type of leadership required
within this new context (of globalization, demographic changes, technological
advancement, and questioning of social authority) may call for different
skills, requiring a re-education among campus stakeholders if they want to be
In the past twenty years, there has been a revolution in the way that
leadership is conceptualized across most fields and disciplines. Leadership has
moved away from being leader-centered, individualistic, hierarchical, focused
on universal characteristics, and emphasizing power over followers. Instead, a
new vision has emerged: leadership that is process-centered, collective,
context-bound, non-hierarchical, and focused on mutual power and influence
This volume summarizes research and literature about new conceptualizations of
leadership to inform practice.
This is volume 31, number 6, of the ASHE Higher Education Report, a bi-monthly
journal published by Jossey-Bass.
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