The Chaos Theory of Careers states that people who are developing their careers are part of complex, dynamic open systems, and as a result they are subject to complexity, change, and chance. Change is inevitable, sometimes anticipated and other times unexpected. So how can you survive and thrive in the chaos of a higher education career?
It goes without saying that change comes slowly in higher education, but recent studies show that institutions have become more diverse and made stronger commitments to diversifying personnel across race and gender. This is a positive trend toward gender equity, but there are still three main obstacles institutions must address to be a safe and supportive environment for women leaders.
Many books on leadership focus on winning or strategies and theories for conquering competitors. In contrast, Matthew Barzun’s “The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go” is a refreshing addition to the literature on leadership. It shares a powerful message about interdependence.