Workplace Challenges in Institutions of Higher Education: Perceptions of Administrator Leaders

By Kelly Louise Anders and Maria Cisaltina da Silveira Nunes Dinis.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Challenges in the workplace today affect both the leaders and followers in organizations. This exploratory, qualitative study uses content analysis to explore the perceptions administrative leaders, working in public, non-profit institutions of higher education, have regarding the challenges facing the workplace today. This study also explored whether the theories of SuperLeadership and self-leadership may be applied in academic settings to address workplace challenges. All the administrator leaders expressed an understanding of the challenges facing their workplace today. These administrator leaders identified workplace challenges mostly driven by change. After conducting in-depth interviews with eleven administrator leaders, four themes of change emerged: (1) ability to change, (2) skill change, (3) technological change, and (4) ideological change. It appeared the administrator leaders in this study could benefit from an organizational approach, as described by SuperLeadership and self-leadership, to support change initiatives and meet workplace challenges. Implications for addressing current challenges in the workplace and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Keywords: SuperLeadership, Self-leadership, Workplace Challenges, Change

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.283-294. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.193MB).

Kelly Louise Anders

Academic Personnel Consultant, Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, University of California, Davis, California, USA

Kelly Louise Anders is an Academic Personnel Consultant in the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Davis. She is also a research associate working on national and international research projects with Maria C. Dinis, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Professor at the California State University, Sacramento, Division of Social Work. Ms. Anders conducts research in the area of leadership studies. Her interests are organizational sociology, leadership, international studies, and educational policy. She received her Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Maria Cisaltina da Silveira Nunes Dinis

Associate Professor, Division of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento, California, USA

Maria Cesaltina Dinis, PhD, MSW, is an associate professor for the Division of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Dr. Dinis is the Admissions Director for the Master of Social Work program at CSUS. Dr. Dinis is the Chair of the CSUS, Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) every Spring term and a member of the California Health and Human Services Agency, CPHS committee. She has published in the areas of alcohol and drug treatment, policy, and prevention. Her interests are in multicultural issues in regards to alcohol and drugs, women, and global social work. Dr. Dinis received her PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.


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