Why some of the best college deans are reluctant leaders

Academics reluctant to become deans often make the best leaders, as their reluctance is a mark of humility and humanity, write former Northern Kentucky University Dean M. Mark Wasicsko and Indiana State University Dean Emeritus Brad Balch. The best deans also solicit feedback from colleagues along the way, they suggest. "Effective deans have the personal strength to accept the criticism as well as the praise and see how both inform decisions and directions," they write.

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