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Introduction

Barbara Kellerman

in Professionalizing Leadership

Published in print April 2018 | ISBN: 9780190695781
Published online February 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190874452 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190695781.003.0001
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The chapter sets the stage for a sharply critical look at the leadership pedagogy that characterizes the leadership industry. It reminds the reader of how trust in leaders, in all leaders, has dropped dramatically in the last half-century and suggests that the casual, even sloppy way in which leadership is taught is directly related and largely responsible. The chapter introduces the distinctions among occupations, vocations, and professions, and it indicates that leadership, for a constellation of reasons, is far from being a profession. It is an occupation. Leadership has, alas, none of the trappings of the most obvious professions, notably medicine and law. However, as the chapter ultimately makes clear, all is not lost. While learning to lead presents problems, there are some solutions.

Keywords: leadership; management; leadership industry; leadership pedagogy; leadership development; leadership education; leadership training; leadership teachers; leadership learners; leadership students

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Subjects: Political Economy ; Business Strategy

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