Twenty years ago, as a new graduate student, one of the things I didn’t really expect to think about much in this career was leadership. Then I discovered that there are so many things to lead. Faculty members lead classes, research projects, committees, academic units, journals, and professional organizations, to name a few.
Leadership is necessary for work to get done, and I’ve come to see how in higher education leadership needs to be communal and distributed. If everyone just leads in their own spaces, the system and infrastructure that support us all will flounder.