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The social construction of leadership education

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jonathan Billsberry
Most leadership theories assume that leadership is a quality of leaders (e.g., trait theory), or a response to environments (e.g., situational theory), or a combination of both (e.g., contingency theory). In all these approaches leadership is something knowable and definite. However, after years of research there is no agreed definition of what leadership is or any universal agreement about who might be regarded a leader. This paper outlines an alternative approach in which leadership is a contested construct and describes two engaging teaching techniques that align pedagogic approach with the underlying theory. In doing so this paper makes a case for the adoption of socially-constructed theories in leadership education

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Journal

Journal of leadership education

Volume

8

Season

Fall

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1 - 9

Location

Hays, Kan.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1552-9045

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2009, Journal of Leadership Education

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