Thriving in Leadership

“The issue is not whether there will be challenges, but howthe leader responds to those challenges.”

I have been a part of the higher education world for nearly a decade. From the moment I first stepped onto a college campus I was encountering leaders. Since then I have been very fortunate to work under or to observe some great leaders. It was these leaders that inspired me to work in student life in higher education. As the years have progressed and I have attained experience and completed my graduate studies, I have become more and more enthralled with higher education leadership.

Every university administrator I have ever known is on the edge of panic, only moments away from a mental breakdown. Their job always demands more time than they have, and constituents always require a little more patience than available. However, the one thing that is always true: they undoubtedly love their job. They will do anything possible to hold on to their job. Sometimes they must hand over the reins for the good of the school or their family or their health, but there is no mistaking their passion.

Thriving in Leadership are those stories. Each chapter is written by college or university administrator detailing her leadership experience. Some stories are sad, some are happy yet all are inspiring. Each administrator is honored for their experience yet very humble. This book is like having a personal conversation with several amazing and passionate administrators.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in higher education administration (like myself). And thank you to my Vice Presidentfor loaning it to me.