Dr. Luis C. Almeida
Dr. A has been involved with leadership activities for many years. In his career as a professor, he has held a number of positions in academic institutions, international conferences, and civic clubs. His work in leadership has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, among other smaller publications.
He has assisted college Deans with advancing academic units, set a vision for academic departments, has partnered and collaborated with other units on campus (college of fine arts, college of engineering, adult education, and history) to produce new programs and initiatives, and has observed and evaluated faculty. In addition, he has written college-wide academic reports, trained tenure and tenure-track faculty, adjunct faculty and teaching assistants. Dr. A has also evaluated transcripts for accepting transfer credits and approved hundreds of students for graduation.
Recognizing and rewarding contributions is important. Criticism fosters fear. Praise, on the other hand, fosters commitment to accomplishment and advancement. If you allow me to praise you, you will be praised. I believe that the most important job of any leader is to develop leadership. I want every individual in the department to feel proud of their contributions, understand how their efforts contribute to the overall mission of the department and feel that in some way they too can provide leadership to others.
Delegating a task and then micromanage it isn’t right; I trust my peers but will verify. Adequate guidance and support will be provided. This leader doesn’t know everything and can’t do it all. He has faults like anyone else and is always ready to change for the better. He listens but also pays close attention to detail.