Pandemics, Politics, and People: The Adaptive Skills Community College Leaders Need to Meet Today’s Challenges
The contemporary challenges community college leaders face are increasingly complex and must be addressed with a new approach to leadership. Adaptive challenges, such as the impact of COVID-19, changing student population demographics, local economic and political challenges, and unique and complex personnel issues, do not have easy solutions. They require an adaptive leader equipped with a unique set of strategies, including: Engaging in critical self-reflection; tailoring communication to the situation and audience; dissociating from the problem; analyzing the issue by listening to diverse perspectives; managing emotional responses with sensitivity; empowering those who are change-averse; and challenging assumptions with data. This webinar is especially relevant to community college leaders and aspiring leaders, but all who are interested are welcome to attend.
- Participants define adaptive leadership and its applications to community college leadership.
- Participants analyze several case studies and evaluate which strategies would be best used to resolve the adaptive challenges presented.
- Participants apply the concept of adaptive leadership and its related practices to their own work contexts at community colleges.
Jill Channing, Department Chair and Associate Director of the Center of Community College Leadership, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, East Tennessee State University; Pamela Scott, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, East Tennessee State University