Leadership and power in higher education

  • Jacky Lumby
  • Studies in Higher Education, April 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2018.1458221

How higher education managers use office politics in their job

What is it about?

All managers use power and politics in their work, whether they are aware of it or not. This article explores how a group of academic and professional leaders in higher education in England, Scotland and Wales understand power and how they use different strategies to advance their objectives. The article discusses what is seen as legitimate and helpful and what is not.

Why is it important?

There is little research on the is usually hidden aspect of leaders' work. This article uncovers something of what is happening beneath the surface.


Jacky Lumby
University of Southampton

I was privileged to speak to very senior leaders and be trusted to learn their take on an aspect of being a leader that other may find questionable, mistakenly in my view. It took some courage on their part and commitment to help other become more self-aware leaders.

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