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Building Leadership Resilience in Higher Education


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Resilience is the essence of effective leadership: the ability to continue forward despite seemingly overwhelming odds.

The adaptive challenges facing higher ed today will continue to be daunting, ambiguous, and complex, with no easy solutions. Leaders must learn to lead in a different way, leading while they are learning, in the full view of everyone. Resilience will be one of the most important leadership capacities for everyone who aspires to really lead in higher ed's changing climate.

This paper by Patrick Sanaghan of The Sanaghan Group will:

  • Share the most recent research on resilience
  • Identify critical characteristics of resilient leaders
  • Suggest practical strategies for developing your own leadership resilience
  • Share resources that will be helpful guides as you continue to learn about and practice resilience


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About the Authors

Patrick Sanaghan

Dr. Sanaghan serves as the head of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with over 200 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the last twenty-five years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and helped over one hundred campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes. He is the co-author/author of six books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent books include: Collaborative Leadership in Action and How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team. Dr. Sanaghan also serves as a board member of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.

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