Academic Leadership: The Online Journal (2003-2012)


Traditional education has undergone major changes over the past decade. Higher education has evolved from brick and mortar to virtual campuses. Technological advancements in communication have changed the way information is presented. The manner in which students learn has also evolved. Educational leaders must also evolve to meet the needs of both students and faculty because, faculty members struggle with changing curricula, non-traditional learning environments and new technology. They need their leaders to assist them with the transitions (Tjosvold 2006). This paper attempts to provide a research-based framework through which educational leaders might empower faculty to better meet the mission, purpose and needs of the institutions based upon established leadership theories. This topic is important because by empowering faculty, it enables them to take on roles in leadership and improve the educational system. It encourages ownership for the faculty with greater participation in school governing and a more positive attitude. Additionally, “When employees perform at a high level, managers may well find they can easily support and encourage their employee” (Tjosvold 2006).


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