Collaborating to Build a Solid Foundation for New Leaders

Academic Leader

The transition to a new academic leadership position is full of complexities, unwritten rules, and new challenges. Whether the new provost, dean, or chair is new to the institution or has years of institutional knowledge, a simple orientation is not enough to get him or her off to a successful start, says Anne Massaro, project manager and organizational development consultant at The Ohio State University. Massaro recommends a process she calls "onboarding," which can take several months and offers clarity and mutual understanding among multiple constituents about the new leader's role.

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