ERIC Number: EJ1136537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Advancing the Practice of Leadership: A Curriculum
Bridgeforth, Brian W.
Journal of Leadership Education, v4 n1 p4-30 Sum 2005
The history of academic inquiry into leadership as a discipline has yielded the unintended consequence of compounding confusion and perpetuating the myth of leadership as mystical. This paper takes that acknowledgement and inquires into the past and future of leadership theory development from a systemic perspective to define the concept, propose an initial framework in which literature and inquiry may be framed, and offer a curriculum for leader(ship) training and development. Three aspects are proposed--requisite, fantasy, and requisite fantasy. This paper suggests the latter is the most appropriate and defines leadership as a binding strange attractor to social patterns. Upon this definition, this paper proposes an initial framework of six elements and six relationships for assimilating and re-organizing the literature, prescriptions, and speculations surrounding the discipline. Lastly, this framework serves to propose a curriculum for advancing the practice of leadership through training, development, and education.
Descriptors: Leadership, Social Attitudes, Misconceptions, Definitions, Social Change, Social Influences, Social Systems, Credibility, Political Power, Leadership Training, Administrator Education, Curriculum Development, Behavioral Objectives, Delivery Systems, Educational Practices, Higher Education
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A