Chapter 1 On the particular challenges of managing professionals
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This chapter challenges the myth that academics don’t want to be managed or led. Rather, it argues that academics require a particular kind of management, and that there are no out-of-the-box solutions for this. The chapter presents and discusses eight ‘leadership virtues’ that leaders in academic environments should embrace in their daily practice, to increase their management success rate. These ‘virtues’ are based on leadership theory supported by the author’s own observations from more than four decades’ experience (on both sides of the desk) of academic leadership practice.

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