Within each of the vertices of the Leadership Triangle and between them polarities occur. They usually lead to conflict and burnout, but adequately managed, they can become sources of creative energy.
When the stage of academic leadership – the university – is considered, it is about finding a creative balance between fellowship, i.e. building and developing an academic community, and strategy, i.e. building a long-term perspective of action.
At the level of the purpose – the good of academia – it is about balancing ethos, i.e. the mission of the university, and trust-building.
Finally, at the level the leader, it is about finding a combination of (self-)awareness, creativity and agency.