Leadership and the style of leadership is a determining factor in the fabric of a campus. Faculty members can be seen as the thread that stitches together the fabric of a student’s educational experience. The direction and input that a faculty member provides to students can play a lasting role in the success of the student. By placing more emphasis on faculty success shifts the primary focus of campus leaders. This is a primary focus because the type of relationship that campus leaders foster with faculty members will show in their performance, which will have either a positive or negative impact on the education students’ receives. Moreover, a negative impact can lead to faculty and student attrition which is detrimental to the institution.
The Imagine America Foundation’s (2007) fact book revealed that private career colleges had a very high completion rate when compared to public colleges; however, over the years private career colleges have gained the bad reputation of being predators. The For-profit higher education industry still faces a number of criticisms when it comes to student enrollment tactics, high amounts of student debt, and gainful employment. Along with dealing with that stigma, leaders must also have the ability to adhere to policies and procedures and serve the faculty in order to ensure that students are provided with quality education. Therefore, a leader must have the needed aptitude to be able to adjust his or her actions so they may fit with the current situation in order to assist and meet the needs of the faculty. In most cases, various forms of leadership styles would need to be utilized based on the suitable situation. For that reason, by utilizing the situational leadership model allows academic campus leaders to modify and accommodate their styles as circumstances evolve. It will display the campus leader’s communication skills and give additional insight into how to continue to grow as an effective leader.
Situational leadership gives notice to the task of the follower according to David Wyld (2010). It is relevant to every aspect of an organization and our society; it entails the leader having the ability to be flexible and utilize his or her leadership to cultivate a follower’s certain development level in order for them to be successful in the work environment. In the situational leadership model, having measurable outcomes, implies that successful leadership requires equal attention to the role of leadership and management. Being in a leadership role comes with a degree of responsibilities and demands, so it is imperative for the campus leaders to gain a better knowledge of the situational leadership model and incorporate it in their current process of faculty recruitment, development, and retention.
Imagine America Foundation. (2007). 2007 Fact book: A profile of career colleges & universities. Washington, D.C.: Imagine America Foundation.
Wyld D. (2010, June 29). Top Ten Management on Situational Leadership Theory: An Overview of How to Match The Right Leader to The Right Group of Followers. Retrieved from http://wyld-side.blogspot.com/2010/06/top-ten-management-on-situational.html