How to Become an Effective Higher Education Administrator
Almost anyone can spot a leader when they see one; someone that is intelligent, charismatic, leads by example and is easy to approach. At least that is the ideal leader that any employee would want as a boss, or a student would want as the president of their university. Universities are faced with fierce competition and a society that is unloyal and questions the efficacy of and price tag associated with obtaining a higher education. With all these hurdles and constant changes, how can a higher education administrator thrive? In this article, I will teach you how to become a great higher education administrator.
Traits of a Leader
Getting out there and meeting other university leaders will help you grow as a higher education administrator. Going to conferences and listening to other industry professionals will help you spark new ideas and keep up with what policies and innovations other universities are implementing. Technology is forever changing and is crucial to flourishing in higher education. Therefore keeping up with the latest in technology and having a great tech team is paramount to success.
Knowing the current trends in higher education is a must and keeping up with new research and data will help you stay ahead of the competition. Not only does a leader make decisions based on data, but they also can make carefully calculated decisions in the face of a crisis. They see a crisis as a lesson and and opportunity to expand their knowledge base. A leader must maintain a cool head no matter what, as their team is always watching and following their lead.
Picking Your A-Team
A leader is only as good as the team they surround themselves with and choosing your team is the most important key to success. Anyone on your team must be reliable and ready to step in at a moment’s notice. They must be model professionals and understand that they are an extension of the university. Any missteps that they make will eventually reflect poorly on you and your university.
Communication is paramount to running a successful university; regular meetings are a great way to keep your team informed of new trends and policies. This is also a great time to get new ideas from your team and get their opinions on ideas that you may be thinking about. This makes your team feel valued and encourages out of the box thinking and loyalty to your university. Group huddles every morning reminds your team why they are there and helps keep them motivated.
This sounds like a lot, but to a real leader, this will come easy. The most important takeaway is surrounding yourself with other leaders, inside and outside of the university. Once you have done this, you will have time to research and come up with innovative concepts that you can bounce off each other. Staying in communication and networking with your team and other industry professionals will help you succeed. Before you decide to be a higher education administrator, know that a leader is always changing and adapting to fit the needs of their university.