Faculty and staff who are highly motivated and who see the benefits of bringing in new ideas will enliven the institution and help keep it on the cutting edge.
Identifying new leaders
It is easy to overlook talented individuals who are already on campus. People become identified with their current job responsibilities, and it may be difficult to imagine them in a different position. We also fail to groom our own for leadership positions because of the usually fanciful hope that some stranger will appear with just the right qualifications and will be the perfect fit. Without a conscious strategy and some help from institutional leaders, professional moves can be very difficult. However, with exposure to additional opportunities and an enhanced skill set, individuals who might otherwise be overlooked can indeed become effective institutional leaders. Facilitating such opportunities with an academic credential, an opportunity to exchange jobs for a brief period, or a part-time internship would further strengthen the leadership potential of an individual and establish an institutional practice of cultivating leadership that will likely have a lasting impact on the environment.
Introducing new ideas
Faculty and staff who are bored or burned out will not generate new ideas or even have the energy to implement existing ones. New ideas generated by travel, sabbaticals, or opportunities to confer with colleagues keep people and their institutions vibrant and open to change.
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