Preparing Future Leaders: Lessons From Small College Succession Planning and Leadership Development
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Succession planning and leadership development in higher education has come under greater scrutiny in the last decade as a result of a large contingent of college administrators. Small, private, not-for-profit colleges and universities are often more susceptible to the challenges of succession planning and leadership development as a result of scarce resources available for investment in these critical areas. This study focused on the experiences of small, private, not-for-profit college administrators and their use of leader and leadership development as well as succession planning and management strategies. A qualitative, multiple-case study approach was used. The researcher conducted 12 semistructured interviews comprised of a sample of three administrators from four different institutions. Results were organized into three themes, representing the best practices of leader and leadership development, the scarcity of succession planning practices, and the use of informal and formal strategies discovered across the multiple cases. The researcher presented a small college succession planning and management framework, based on this study’s findings, aimed at assisting practitioners in implementing a tangible strategy for developing internal leader and leadership capacity that could be used in a long-term leadership development and succession planning and management.
Keywords: Succession planning, leader development, leadership development, small colleges, multiple-case study, succession planning framework
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Jackson, Bradley A., "Preparing Future Leaders: Lessons From Small College Succession Planning and Leadership Development" (2020). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 276.