As a political scientist and academic administrator, I’ve long been interested in shared governance. But a new report on the value of shared leadership in higher education, prepared for the American Council on Education by Adrianna J. Kezar and Elizabeth M. Holcombe, has challenged my thinking. I see now how models of shared governance can focus more on distributing power than on collaborating meaningfully.
The authors differentiate shared leadership — the empowerment of multiple people and cross-functional teams — from the delegating of responsibilities to the faculty (versus administrative bodies) under shared governance.
As appealing as shared leadership is because of its emphasis on flexible, inclusive networks, the concept is less convincing when we make the leap from theory to implementation. How do we share leadership effectively when in reality people have different degrees of power? And how do we hold each other accountable, so that sharing leadership doesn’t devolve into inaction or chaos?
The report is a stark reminder to not let jargon, semantics, or the latest model get in the way. The issue is not about leadership versus governance, which as a political scientist I know isn’t a tenable choice.
It’s the shared part of both leadership and governance that matters. What are the purposes and principles we share, and how can we best collaborate around concrete issues? Figuring that out will always be difficult, but it also seems more authentically liberating and potentially a more effective way of fostering change.
After much delay, superstar Mahesh Babu is gearing up for the release of the spy-thriller Spyder. On Saturday, the makers hosted a grand audio launch in Chennai, where several eminent personalities from the industry graced the event. Mahesh Babu was received by hordes of fans, who were constantly chanting “Star…Star…Superstar”.
Mahesh began his speech in Tamil, which was received with thunderous hooting and cheering by the audience. He thanked filmmaker AR Murugadoss, producer Madhu and his co-stars Rakul Preet Singh and SJ Suryah for Spyder.
When asked about his favourite dialogue from Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s films, Mahesh said, “I liked ‘I’m waiting’ from Thuppakki.” The Nenokkadine star also revealed that he really wished he had starred in Thuppaki.
And signed off thanking fans in Hyderabad for their unconditional love and support. AR Murugadoss said that the much-awaited Spyder trailer will be out on September 15.
It must be noted that Vijay has remade several Mahesh Babu’s films in Tamil. Earlier to this, Mahesh Babu once told that he planned to work with Vijay in a Telugu-Tamil bilingual. The highlight of the event was Mahesh’s eloquent Tamil. Interesting trivia is that Mahesh grew up in Chennai before becoming a superstar in Andhra Pradesh.
Directed by AR Murugadoss, Spyder will see Mahesh Babu as a stylish police officer, while SJ Suryah will play the prime antagonist. Ever since its inception, fans have been madly waiting for the film as it marks Mahesh’s first film with Murugadoss.
Made on a lavish budget of Rs 120 crore, Spyder is expected to have a massive opening in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The film has already raked in Rs 150 crore through its satellite and distribution rights.
Spyder will hit the screens on September 27 worldwide.