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RIDE. Revista Iberoamericana para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Educativo

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AMADOR ORTIZ, Carlos Miguel. Advantages of distributed leadership in institutions of higher education. RIDE. Rev. Iberoam. Investig. Desarro. Educ [online]. 2017, vol.8, n.15, pp.817-832. ISSN 2007-7467.

The role of leadership in institutions of higher education was analyzed to determine the type of leadership proposal consistent with the characteristics of these institutions. This study was conducted by documentary and analytical investigation, which was used to compare the conceptual aspects of distributed leadership and the characteristics of institutions of higher education to evaluate the advantages of this type of leadership.

The results show that educational institutions have a different organizational structure from traditional institutions; moreover, higher education institutions have different functions (education, relations, management, research), which are performed by a highly trained staff working in an extremely dynamic environment. Based on these results, it is concluded that the proposal for distributed leadership, which democratizes decision making, produces a number of advantages for these institutions.

Keywords : Leadership; Higher Education; Educational Institutions; Distributed Leadership.

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