Academics considering pursuing a position as a college president should intimately know their leadership style and accept a position that aligns with it, suggests Mark Putnam, president of Central College, in Iowa. Also, they should use time before a transition to work closely with other college presidents and find mentors who can help develop leadership skills, he writes in this commentary. "No one else can represent the college as I do and carry the hopes, dreams and values of a community. It's an incredible experience, but you must be prepared to bear the weight," Putnam writes.

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