Leading Teams of Higher Education Administrators: Integrating Goal Setting, Team Role, and Team Life Cycle Theories

  •  Richard Posthuma    
  •  Said Al-Riyami    


Leaders of higher education institutions can create top management teams of academic administrators to guide and improve their organizations. This study illustrates how the leadership of top management teams can be accomplished successfully through a combination of goal setting (Doran, 1981; Locke & Latham, 1990), understanding of team roles (Belbin, 1999), and managing team life cycles (Tuckman, 1965; Tuckman & Jensen, 1977). Using team goals, roles, and lifecycles, a model of higher education top management team leadership is derived. That model is compared to an actual case in which these concepts were successfully used to lead a group of academic administrators to the successful conclusion of jointly drafting a report that describes improvements in student academic and career advising.

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