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Academic profession is governed by a range of norms and principles that aim at achieving excellence in research, teaching and governance at the same time. Professors emerge as intellectual leaders if they are able to achieve impact in knowledge production, academic citizenship, and public outreach. However, leadership is not only a position of privilege in higher education, but also a tremendous responsibility to strengthen social justice, equity, and excellence in learning and development. Taking leadership in higher education institutions implies a sophisticated comprehension of ethics and values, as well as the possession of creativity and courage to address a range of challenging and contradictory issues in complex political and socio-economic contexts. This course explores issues related to agency and leadership of academics in the rapidly changing contexts and institutions of higher learning. Students taking the course will explore major problems faced by academics and those who study and work with them. This will empower university professionals to develop a better comprehension of the academic environment and intellectual institutions, in which they would be expected to develop careers and achieve success. Students will also examine disparate leadership strategies and styles, as they appear in the narratives of academic intellectuals, innovators, and executives in different cultures. In the process, students will have a chance to shape up their own leadership profile while rethinking their previous leadership-followership experiences and developing pathways to make a future impact and contribute to the world of higher learning. The course engages critical inquiry and delves into the socially important dimensions of social justice, race, gender equity, faith, and academic integrity. Case-studies from academic practices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America lay the ground for interactive analysis and sharing. This offers an opportunity to explore differentials in cultures, values, and societal expectations, and enables students to share their observations, questions, and analysis derived from engagement with leaders in different academic environments.