Session 2A | Fostering Effective Leadership Skills in Academia: Changing Your Organization in Disruptive Times (1.5 CEs)
Presenters: Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez, Ph.D., ABPP, David Sacks, Ph.D., & Shelly Smith-Acuña
In this presentation we seek to engage in an in depth discussion about the importance of academic leadership. Specific leadership models will be discussed.
1:15 PM - 2:45 PMWed
Sacks, David Psy.D.
NCSPP President-Elect & Director of Clinical Training
Academic leadership is fraught with challenges both internally within an institution and externally from a variety of sources. Effective leaders in higher education recognize that employees are the most valuable resources of their organizations and that the contributions of faculty and staff have a major impact on an institution’s standards, performance, and financial viability. The costs of ineffective academic leadership include wasted salary, relocation expenses, finding and installing a replacement, buy-out packages, damage to morale and productivity, and a number of other intangibles. In brief, the personal and professional development of an institution’s employees matters. Hence, the more change that lays ahead, the more important effective academic leadership will be to your institution. In this presentation we seek to engage in an in depth discussion about the importance of academic leadership. Specific leadership models will be discussed.
1. Participants will be able to describe the importance of academic leadership, and discuss at least two models of leadership in higher education.
2. Participants will be able to explain the benefits, advantages, and risks of academic leadership in higher education.
3. Participants will be able to describe leadership and communication practices that enhance employee engagement and productivity.