Qualities for Good Leadership

  • Listening. A good leader doesn’t think he or she knows everything, or always knows better than other people.
  • Inclusiveness. A good leader not only listens, but listens to lots of different people—and takes their advice and their views into account when making decisions.
  • Delegation. A good leader recognizes the importance of giving up control in certain areas because other people know more about that area and/or bear primary responsibility for it. Inclusiveness and delegation, together, are the essence of shared governance.
  • Sincerity. A good leader doesn’t just pretend to listen or pretend to delegate. He or she doesn’t merely pay lip service to the concept of shared governance or attempt to manipulate the process for personal gain.
  • Decisiveness. Once all sides have had their say, and the decision-making ball is in the leader’s court, he or she will make that decision and accept responsibility for it.
  • Accountability. A good leader is not constantly pointing fingers or blaming others for problems—even if they actually did create them.
  • Optimism. Whatever challenges a unit or institution might face, a good leader is always positive (at least publicly), consistently projecting an attitude of realistic optimism about the future. A good leader can address issues openly and frankly without spreading doom and gloom.
  • Realism. At the same time, a good leader is objective about challenges.
  • Frankness. A good leader tells it like it is. He or she does not pat faculty and staff members on the head and assure them that everything’s going to be OK when it might not be. (Note: Most leaders I’ve known who liked to think of themselves as “straight shooters” earned that reputation by saying unkind things to people, often unnecessarily. To me, that’s not what being a “straight shooter” means.)
  • Self-Effacement. A good leader not only accepts blame; he or she also deflects praise and credit to others. A good leader understands that, when others in the unit earn recognition, that reflects positively on him or her. A good leader does not always have to be the one in the spotlight—and, indeed, may actually shun the spotlight. A good leader is also not primarily concerned with moving up the ladder or making himself or herself look good. The best leaders want others, and the institution, to look good.
  • Collegiality. A good leader does not place himself or herself above rank-and-file faculty and staff members but rather considers them colleagues in the truest sense of that term.
  • Honesty. A good leader is scrupulously honest in all of his or her dealings. No lies, no dissembling, no double-talk or administrative-speak. If the situation warrants, a good leader simply says, “I can’t comment on that right now.”
  • Trustworthiness. If a good leader commits to do something, then he or she does it, if humanly possible—and if not, explains why and accepts responsibility for failure. If one tells a good leader something in confidence, that information remains confidential.
  • Morality. When all is said and done, a good leader can be counted on to do what he or she believes is right and best for all concerned, even if it is unpopular in some quarters.

Scholarships for Summer English Institute

The Middlebury-Monterey Summer Intensive College English program is designed to support international students who are currently enrolled or would like to attend undergraduate programs in the United States. The foundation of the program is coursework in the English language skills necessary for academic success. All students participate in an immersion environment where English is spoken 24 hours a day/7 days a week, with over 20 hours of instruction per week in English for academic purposes. Students stay in dormitories, paired with roommates from other countries, and extra-curricular activities are offered regularly. The cost of the program includes everything–housing, meals, tuition, fees, and campus services.

Scholarships are available! Learn more and apply online:http://www.miis.edu/academics/language/intensive-college-english/scholarship

To apply for the program, applicants must be at least 15 years old and provide evidence of minimum English language proficiency.

For up-to-date information, you may also visit our website athttp://go.miis.edu/ice

Congreso de las Americas sobre Educacion Internacional

The Conference of the Americas on International Education was being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week April 25th – 28th.  The Chronicle of Higher Education releases an initial report about the dialogue at the conference.

Canada sent a large delegation as well as the host Brazil.  Canada, along with Australia, has a very organized policy strategy to forge connections in higher education and their representation at this conference evidences that commitment.

Read about the Science without Borders Program.  This initiative of the Government of Brazil intends to send 100,000 undergraduate Brazilian students to study at top-flight universities outside the country.  It is on the leading edge of policy in international education, and sets a high bar for emulation by other countries wishing to develop human capital.

Chile had a disappointing delegation of just three representatives, the same as Bolivia.  For a country with some great universities and with a government policy, CONICYT, dedicated to human capital development, it would have been a great opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and make connections with colleagues from across the Americas.

Solving the World’s Problems?

Singularity Univeristy is a Silicon Valley think-tank that ‘thinks’ it can solve the world’s problem through technological innovation.  Will we be printing biological structures (kidneys, blood-vessels) with 3D technology within five to ten years.  The future is already here; self-driving car is legal in Nevada and vital sign apps are already working on smart-phones.  The inventor of the Segway and the revolution in prosthetic limbs, Dean Kamen is working on the Slingshot, a device to make drinkable toxic, dirty, water in the size of a dorm-room refrigerator.

PBS Newshour Report on Singularity University

Online Ivy League?

Online higher education is here! One silicon valley CEO thinks the tower at the Ivy League is coming to your desktop. http://ow.ly/albCX

Models of doing online higher education abound.  The Western Governors University offers accredited degrees in majors where learners pass through a competency evaluation system, rather than the brick-and-mortar lecture model where a portfolio of work is accumulated.  The Open University in the United Kingdom and the University of the People in Israel operate on similar models of open registration, and in the case of the University of the People, free tuition.  Do you think the University of Ohio or the University of California is the largest higher education institution?  Think again!  The online, for-profit, University of Phoenix carries that distinction, and like most for-profit universities such as Udacity it is mostly an online system.

Minerva has a different model.  Quality education and a not-for-profit system.  Has its time come?

TESOL Conference in Philadelphia

TESOL Conference in Philadelphia a success for EstudiaChile!

The International TESOL Conference is the biggest gathering of professionals, academics, service providers, and teachers of English in the world.  With affiliates of TESOL in dozens of countries around the world, the network of TESOL reaches hasta Chile at http://tesolchile.cl/welcome/ among many other places.  Were you at TESOL with me?

Stephen Tippett at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia

Among the many workshops, product demonstrations, academic sessions, and conference events was a focus on teaching English with new media and technology.  Some of these computer tools and mobile apps to teach languages can be found linked in my Delicious Account at (http://delicious.com/piaps/technology).