A look at the management-training options if you’re mulling a move into administration.

Most campus administrators are promoted from within, yet would-be leaders don’t have easy access to management training. So leadership-development experts often find themselves helping people to acquire the skills they need after they’ve already joined the administrative ranks — in some cases, years after.

Institutions can develop that potential in three ways: by sending people off campus for training (the most expensive option), by bringing outside experts to the campus, or by organizing it in-house (the most affordable option). What might those programs include? The most useful will offer some sort of leadership assessment for each participant. They will also include workshops on communication and conflict-resolution skills or on how to cultivate personal leadership qualities.

The three training options are not mutually exclusive. More-experienced administrators can be sent “away” to a virtual or off-site program while an in-house curriculum can be developed for new and aspiring administrators. Or institutions could staff a campus program mostly with homegrown talent while also bringing in paid guest speakers. The point is to build a stockpile of locally sourced leaders who will serve your college, and higher education, for years to come.

Continue reading:3 Ways to Train Leaders,” by Rob Jenkins and “I Went to a Boot Camp for Department Chairs,” by Manya Whitaker

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