The Seduction of the Leader in Higher Education

Patrick Sanaghan, Kimberly Eberbach, Dec 13, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What is the 'seduction of the leader?' This: "Many leaders are seduced by the notion that they’re receiving honest and thoughtful feedback about their ideas and effectiveness. Believing this leaves leaders isolated and uninformed." This article (42 page PDF, direct link) is mostly about how to avoid that effect, but it points I think to a general weakness in power relatoons in organizations generally. The solutions offered are briefly stated (and don't really match up with the causes, which is a weakness) and generally point toward increasing the flow of communication and information (especially bad news). See also Rubin and Fernandes in IRRODL, The teacher as leader: Effect of teaching behaviors on class community and agreement.

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