Within higher education, power is often perceived negatively. Rather than avoiding the idea of power, this book explores the importance of embracing and effectively engaging power to affect positive change on campus. Understanding Power and Leadership in Higher Education gives college and university administrators the tools to understand the relationship between leadership, power, and influence within higher education. Highlighting real stories of effective college and university administrators, this book helps readers understand and analyze the use of power, preparing leaders for the realities of today’s administrative environment.

chapter Chapter One|12 pages


part Part I|2 pages

The Context of Power and Leadership in 
Higher Education

chapter Chapter Two|14 pages

Types and Tactics of Power

chapter Chapter Three|22 pages

Organizational Context

part Part II|2 pages

Power in Higher Education

chapter Chapter Four|16 pages

Symbols and Sources 
of Power

chapter Chapter Five|22 pages

Personal Attributes and Traits of Successful Administrators

chapter Chapter Six|18 pages

Using Power to Accomplish Your Goals

chapter Chapter Seven|26 pages

The Power of Internal and External Influencers

part Part III|2 pages

Politics and Decision-Making

chapter Chapter Eight|10 pages

Politics and Political Behaviors

chapter Chapter Nine|16 pages

Falling from Grace

chapter Chapter Ten|22 pages

Paths to Power of the Presidency

part Part IV|2 pages

Practical Perspectives

chapter Chapter Eleven|12 pages

Now What?

chapter Chapter Twelve|7 pages

Wrap Up