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Leading a university is generally more complex than a business organization, as the situation requires the presence of a leader who not only meets the criteria but is also willing to lead, a very rarely found combination in universities. Interestingly, although it is not easy to find academics with such qualities, these people still exist because they see the importance of leading for the survival of the organization. Therefore, it becomes interesting to understand how they ascribe meaning to their leadership amid the difficulties they must deal with. This study was conducted using in-depth interviews with 13 academic leaders to ascertain how they ascribe meaning to their leadership. The results of the interviews were then analyzed using the Atlas.ti 8 software. Four interpretive themes emerged from the interviews: (1) the many faces of university leaders; (2) community leadership style; (3) knowledge development and non-profit oriented leadership mission; and (4) corporate leadership.

Bahasa Abstract

Memimpin universitas secara umum lebih kompleks dibandingkan organisasi bisnis. Situasi ini mempersyaratkan kehadiran seorang pemimpin yang tidak hanya memenuhi kriteria namun juga bersedia memimpin, suatu kombinasi yang tidak mudah ditemukan di universitas. Menariknya meskipun tidak mudah menemukan para akademisi semacam ini, orang-orang tersebut masih ada dikarenakan melihat peran penting memimpin bagi keberlangsungan organisasi. Oleh karena itu menjadi menarik memahami bagaimana pemaknaan mereka terhadap kepemimpinannya di tengah berbagai macam kompleksitas yang perlu dihadapi. Studi ini dilakukan dengan wawancara mendalam terhadap 13 orang pemimpin akademik untuk menggali pemaknaan tersebut. Hasil wawancara kemudian dianalisis secara grounded dengan menggunakan software Atlas.ti 8. Empat tema pemaknaan mengemuka dari hasil wawancara yaitu: (1) beragam wajah pemimpin universitas; (2) gaya kepemimpinan komunitas; (3) misi kepemimpinan yang berorientasi pada pengembangan ilmu dan non-profit; dan (4) kepemimpinan korporasi.


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