I recently completed a post on Essential Reading for all FSL Leaders. This piece ignited a conversation between myself and some friends and one I have noticed in a number of places.
The idea behind post like this up front is to offer some insight into organizational leadership. Yet they are something deeper than that. We, in higher ed and very often the world at large, seem to seek ways to simplify things. It is in a way a very noble sentiment. We often times try to take an egalitarian approach to education, wanting it to at least be available to everyone.
This idea raised a very interesting discussion during my Leadership in Higher Education class. One of my classmates mentioned that he had been watching TED Talks (great pieces, don’t get me wrong) and said that one of them had been about leadership. Specifically, in this talk the lady said she had the three most important concepts behind Leadership. She narrowed it down to three questions.
This is something we do all the time. My list, the ladies presentation, and a number of other occasions where we create short lists for people to follow and work with. In regards to her leadership point, if there is one thing I have learned in this class and my own experience, it is that you cannot simplify leadership. It is a concept and process that is much deeper, more involved, and too complex to be organized so concisely, at least if you want the full picture.
I had that conversation with my friends where I was thinking about creating a similar list for students of Higher Ed, but the fact is that just because I find something crucial or important to my work and view, it is not so for someone else. I would encourage you, if you are truly interested in learning, never let it be simplified to such a few points. These are good for starting, but always dig deeper, do your research, question the process and the data, and find your own answers.