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Preparing Leaders for the Future: A Toolkit for Developing Administrators in Higher Education

December 30, 1899


What Is This Toolkit?

This toolkit is a compilation of resources for leadership development in higher education. It contains a rationale for supporting and promoting leadership development, examples of good practice in on-campus leadership development programs, and other resources to support and promote leadership development in higher education settings. This toolkit is a project of the Spectrum Initiative, a multi-year collaborative effort to diversify and broaden executive leadership in higher education.

Who Should Use This Toolkit?

This toolkit is intended for use by senior leaders in higher education. It is designed to provide helpful advice and strategies to identify, develop, and advance emerging leaders on campus.

Aspiring leaders also may find resources within this toolkit useful. We strongly suggest emerging leaders explore Listing of Select National Leadership Development Programs (Tool 10) and The Joys of the Presidency (Tool 11) for additional information on leadership development opportunities and the diverse paths many have taken to the presidency.

Working Assumptions of This Toolkit

This toolkit accepts a number of assumptions about leadership and institutional functioning. It is important to be explicit about them because they represent a set of principles and values that shape this resource. Working assumptions of this toolkit are:

  • Leadership development Is a shared responsibility of the institution and the Individual.
  • Leadership development Is ongoing and often not deliberate.
  • Diversity strengthens institutional leadership.
  • Leadership is dispersed throughout the institution.

For additional information, please send an email to or call 202-939-9390.

View information on these working assumptions.

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