Values-Based Leadership


Josef Jařab, Jürgen Kohler, Sjur Bergan


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  • An Unexpected Role to Play and Challenges to Face

    Josef Jařab

    The text describes the process of change of the Palacký University in the Czech Republic from the point of view of its leader, starting with the revolution in 1989 until the end of 90s and the beginning of the Bologna Process. The changes that were undertaken were often made without a clear blueprint, required an estimate of both short-term and long-term consequences and needed external support. In addition, various internal stakeholders were quite supportive of the process, amongst which students and student organizations gave decisive support in several critical moments.

  • Ethics in Higher Education Institutions and their Governance – Key Issues

    Jürgen Kohler

    This article maps ethical challenges which typically occur in higher education institutions and which university leaders need to address, if possible preemptively. These challenges are grouped in two dimensions, i.e. by outlining issues of ethics with regard to teaching and research performance on the one hand and with regard to leadership and governance activities on the other, and are individually itemized by briefly illustrating their key features and scope of risk. In view of their characteristics, measures will be suggested which appear to be fit for preventing and remedying failure on standards of ethics. Exploring both these standards and the concrete measures and processes to implement and maintain appropriate ethics in teaching and research as well as in leadership and governance in detail must be left to specific articles.

  • Building Trust as a Feature of Higher Education Management and Leadership

    Sjur Bergan

    Trust is paradoxical, difficult to build but easy to destroy. The more an institution talks about the need for others to trust it, the more easily other might conclude that if trust does not come naturally, the basis of it is absent. Demonstrating quality and commitment builds trust, as does avoiding promising more than an institution can deliver. Quality assurance and development are important. Leadership and management play a key role in building and maintaining trust – as well as in rebuilding it if it has been lost. Recent guidelines for institutional codes of ethics developed by the International Association of Universities and the Magna Charta Observatory provide valuable points on which specific institutional policies can be developed.

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