ERIC Number: ED399732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Leadership Education: A Review.
Robertson, Barbara A.
This paper reviews literature on leadership education, including empowerment of individuals with disabilities. The emphasis in early leadership research was on leadership "traits," reflecting the belief that leaders are born, not made. Subsequently research viewed leadership as the outcome of both situational and personal factors, and their interactions. Leadership education then began to assume that leaders are made, and currently focuses on factors that are amenable to development. Leadership training should focus on understanding one's inner abilities and dreams, conceptualizing what leaders actually do, and behavioral modeling. Other issues that leadership training should deal with include the importance of understanding the power relations within educational institutions; the differences in institutional cultures and the barriers that student leaders may face; the way institutions view student activism and the impact on leadership development; and the efforts of educational institutions to grapple with diversity, including students with disabilities. The paper concludes that leadership training for people with disabilities should address issues of cultural identity, to strengthen both the individual with the disability and the disability community. (Contains 15 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Individual Development, Leaders, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Student Empowerment
University of Minnesota, Disability Services, 12 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Project LEEDS: Leadership Education To Empower Disabled Students. Final Report; see EC 305 062.