The New Vice President

2964 words 12 pages
Case 13 : The New Vice President

Jennifer Treeholm, the former Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs was appointed interim Vice President for a 3 year term at Mid-West University by the newly appointed President of said University. After the interim, the President reluctantly appointed her the role of Vice President of the University.

Jennifer has devoted her entire career to Mid-West U. She was initially hired as an Introductory History instructor. While teaching history, she earned her PH.D and was appointed Assistant Professor and as time progressed she was promoted to Associate Professor due to her popularity and excellent teaching ability. Over time, she would become actively involved in various activities on
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In fact, Jennifer is suppose to have other organizational working experience to mole herself becoming a good leader, so that she can contribute an idea to the current organization.

Other than that, Jennifer still remains her way of life with her friends after being appointed as Interim Vice President. Sometimes she also going out of her way and befriend with everyone who need support. If Jennifer did not put any gap or limitation on the relationship, there might result a bias in decision making, people might take advantage on her and they might no respect on her.

Part B
Q 1: What is the major problem facing Jennifer?

Internal conflict, the major problem faced by Jennifer. She did not understand her role as number two person in the organization, therefore lead to difficulties in making decision. As a leader, to understand the objective of the organization is important and sometimes, it will require the leader to do something bad – firing staff, cutting off the budget or restructuring for instant. Bottom line is to achieve the objective stated for the organization. Switching the mode from ordinary staff to become influencing leader.

Emotionally attached with her existing team mate or friends will lead to bias and dissatisfactory feeling among others team member in the organization. She must be confident, able to make her own decision and should not listen to her


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