You want to show your potential for educational leadership to your department chair, but it can be a challenge to know how to put your qualities of a good leader on display.
Here are 6 ideas for showing and growing your leadership skills in higher education.
2 Show your
3 Start an initiative that advances
your college’s academic mission
Securing grant funding for an important research project shows initiative and effective communications, key leadership traits.
4 Go for
It can often take a back seat to other faculty responsibilities, but grant writing shouldn’t be overlooked. Securing grant funding for an important research project shows initiative and effective communications, key leadership traits.
Grant funding is more difficult than ever to secure, which underscores the importance of taking steps to set you up for winning proposals. To begin, start early in your career and with smaller proposals, said Lisa Chasan-Taber, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
“As a postdoc or a new faculty member, you are often tempted to try to land a big grant quickly,” Chasan-Taber said.3 But in seeking smaller grants, you’ll face less competition, and smaller proposals don’t require significant preliminary data. This will increase your chances of securing a grant award.
5 Earn trust
- Maintaining a positive attitude and cool demeanor amid the adversity and challenges that faculty often face. This can inspire and earn the trust and respect of colleagues, including your chair.4
- Leading with ethical and moral standards, instilling confidence in others that you will always do things the right way.5