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Parallels in Traits of Academic, Corporate Leaders

Friday, March 01, 2013

Academic and corporate leaders both show similar aptitude for ambition, prudence and inquisitiveness. They also have an eye for detail or tend toward micromanagement. These are among the results of a new report released by Witt/Kieffer. Using data from three Hogan Assessment Systems personality tests, the report compares the personality traits of more than 100 U.S. college presidents, provosts, deans and other leaders to results from more than 1,000 CEOs, vice presidents and senior managers from the corporate world.

Lucy Apthorp Leske, co-director of the Witt/Kieffer education and not-for-profit practice, says she’s not surprised to see at least some parallels in the personality traits of higher education and corporate leaders.

“There has been a real shift to the professionalization of higher education administration,” Leske says, and that often means that schools are tapping people from outside academia to lead their institutions.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal here.

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