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Date posted: August 26, 2012
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Why We Created the Toolkit
This document is a first step to collating all available leadership and management tools and resources.

In our initial work with this Toolkit for Academic Leaders, we have attempted to build it with following characteristics and capabilities:

  • Features low risk, easy-to-implement tools and activities,
  • Highly practical, and requires minimal theory for understanding,
  • Easily updatable, and
  • Easily searchable so users can readily find tools for use.

How We’ve Organized the Toolkit
This document is our first attempt to create an easily searchable compilation of tools and resources, and contains the following sections:

  • Introduction to the toolkit
  • Starting the Journey
  • Understanding Self – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Creating Effective Small Working Groups and Teams
  • Managing Projects
  • Managing Interpersonal and Group Conflict
  • Leadership tools for strategic planning, sustaining change, building consensus, and ways to diverge and converge in the decision-making process
  • Learning Communities
  • Closing the Journey
  • Typical agendas for FAIMER Regional Institute planning meetings (to be developed)
  • Managing and Developing your Academic Career (to be developed)
  • Scholarship (to be developed)

How to Use the Toolkit
The document has been created with an accompanying extensive Table of Contents that serve as a hyperlink to specific tools and resources throughout the

document. To find a tool or resource using the electronic version of this document, use either the Search function, or scan the Table of Contents until you find what you need. Press the Control key and click the Right Mouse button simultaneously to jump to the desired location within the document.

Later phases of our work with the Toolkit will include:

Making the document more compatible for searching on the internet by FAIMER Fellows. This may include creating a “wiki,” defined by Wikipedia as “a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.”

Continuing to expand the document to make it more comprehensive. This process is seen as ongoing.

Adding vignettes of “experiences with use” by those who have access to the document, whether it is web-based or in a more rudimentary single document format.

Download the tool kit : www.similima.com/pdf/toolkit-academic-leaders.pdf

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