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Old Dominion University
Early Childhood Experiences
Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills
"The most important thing a man has to tell you is what he's not telling you. The most important thing he has to say is what he's trying not to say" (as quoted in Padilla, 2005, p. 59).
James MacGregor Burns
Presidential Leadership: Making a Difference
James L. Fisher and James V. Koch
Portraits in Leadership: Six Extraordinary University Presidents
Transactional Leadership -
managerial, "approach followers with an eye to exchanging one thing for another: jobs for votes, or subsidies for campaign contributions"
(as quoted in Fisher & Koch, 1996, p.23)
"The transforming leader looks for potential motives in followers, seeks to satisfy
and engages the
of the follower. The result of transforming leadership is a relationship of
that converts followers into leaders and may convert leaders into moral agents" (as quoted in Fisher & Koch, 1996, p. 23)
-Challenges of a troubled childhood
-Positive responses from others to
-Strong bonds with caretaker
-Strong external support system
-Positive development of the self
-Ability to find meaning in
(Padilla, 2005, p. 50)
-inspires trust from others
-attributes include: sincerity, appearance, focus, confidence, wisdom, courage, sensitivity, discipline, vision, reliability, and strength
Fisher & Koch, 1996, pp. 38-40
- 3rd president of the Soka Gakkai International
- over 337 honorary doctorates from around the world
-founder of Soka schools
-published more than 100 works
-engaged in dialogue with over 1,000 leaders and people of interest internationally
Can a university president really be transformational?
-highly political; BOV, BOT, Faculty restrictions
-sense of independence? autonomy?
-true belief in one's vision
Fisher, J.L. Koch, J.V. (1996). Presidential leadership: Making a difference. Phoenix,
AZ: Oryx Press.
Padilla, A. (2005). Portraits in leadership: Six extraordinary university presidents. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
The key to transformational leadership is empowerment...
Is it just an idealistic perception?
How does one transform this idea into reality?