Based on research in universities, this book is a comprehensive examination of leadership in British higher education. Robin Middlehurst critiques contemporary ideas of leadership and their relevance to academe. She explores the relationship between models of leadership and practice at different levels of the institution, and argues for a better balance between leadership and management in universities in order to increase the responsiveness and creativity of higher education.
"The value of this book is that, carefully and sensitivelyread, it challenges the prejudices of managerialists and anti-managerialists alike." - The Higher "It is a privilege, and even an indulgence, to be able to read a book about one's own job! Vice-Chancellors, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Deans, senior administrators and head of departments are all provided with this possibility by Robin Middlehurst's book. Aspirants to any of these jobs (and the pressganged) should certainly read it! It serves as a primer and ananalysis and-for the aspirants-a warning about how difficult many of these jobs have become. It should be compulsory reading! The author has written a book which is an ambitious, thoughtful and wise. She drawson past history, theory from a range of disciplines and experience ofthe present from her empirical work, and she is not afraid to look ahead to the future." - Educational Reviews