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Monday, July 15, 2013

Economic pressures mean that many campus administrators must take a more businesslike or entrepreneurial approach to recruiting academic leaders.Witt/Kieffer recently teamed with Hogan Assessment Systems to research personality differences between business and higher education professionals to learn what traits a successful academic leader possesses. Lucy Leske, managing partner of Witt/Kieffer’s higher education practice, discusses the results, reported in “Leadership Traits and Success in Higher Education,” with Dean & Provost.

Business and academic leaders are similar, but many key differences stand out. For example, business and academic leaders had similar scores on the assessment test for “ambition” and “learning approach.” But college and university leaders scored higher on the “altruistic” scale, indicating a desire to help others and contribute to society.

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