Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


The establishment of polytechnics in Malaysia was to fulfill the needs of providing education and practical knowledge to help the nation producing semi-professional workers in various disciplines such as engineering, commerce and hospitality. Leadership is an important component that contributes towards the success of any education institution. Better and advance leadership practices are needed in order to improve the status and standard of environment on campus (Zaharah, 2004). According to Cunningham and Cordeiro (2000), effective leaders must be able to understand all elements of educational administration in the process of building the education excellence and translating it into teaching and practices. Simkins (2005) states that the world is dominated by the idea that leadership is a factor or the only factor that can guarantee the success or failure of any organization – be it a school, a college or a university.