The Social Construction of Leadership Education

Jon Billsberry
2009 Journal of Leadership Education  
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
more » ... sted 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.
doi:10.12806/v8/i2/ab1 fatcat:f3ckoex4e5dgva6shaewrxdrge