The Future is in Our Hands

Muchara, Maina (2010) The Future is in Our Hands. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.


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A lot has been said and written about leadership theories and the effectiveness of the same. No other major contributor to organisational performance is focused on than leadership. But each individual is unique in her/his own ways. In the Kenyan context, the landscape has been turned upside down. From a male dominated sector where all vice chancellors of the public universities were men, now plethora of female vice chancellors can be counted from the public to the private universities almost in equal numbers. The performance of management of the various universities has ranged from mediocre to exceptional. Some management systems and leadership styles that could be replicated must be hidden somewhere. In this realm of knowledge, it therefore portends great danger if one was to prescribe a one-fits-all dose of the applicable leadership style in our higher education set up. But that is the very essence of science, to search and discover the discernible patterns that can be replicated across the line for posterity. Being the custodians of knowledge and disseminators of the same, the various complaints emanating from students, lecturers, staff and other stakeholders on how universities preach water and take gallons of wine in the field of management is a complaint that needs serious consideration. Further, having seen the problems that other learning institutions have had in management mostly traced to the fact that most administrators were plucked from class and given positions of leadership without orientation, then it behoves those in the scholarly world of management and leadership to synthesise some bitable bits that could assist those in positions of authority to appreciate the scientific approach to management. We conclude that time might have come when leadership in universities will not be reserved to academicians but to corporate executives capable of inspiring the whole institutions to great heights of performance excellence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 12:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 12:25

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