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Publication Date

Spring 2010


Colleges and universities are unique organizations and, as such, require a different type of approach to leadership than might be effective in other types of organizations. It is argued participative leadership is more desirable and effective than other approaches and such this leadership style will be even more important in the future. The effectiveness of participative leadership on structural units within institutions of higher education is discussed with the focus upon making decisions with the greatest benefit to students, now and in the future, as a top priority. The issue is examined within the context of available data concerning trends of issues including changing student demographics, cultural shifts, and budgetary matters.

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© 2010 JW Press. This document was published with permission by the publisher. It was originally published in Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education.