NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ889983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Metaphor as a Tool in Educational Leadership Classrooms
Singh, Kathryn
Management in Education, v24 n3 p127-131 Jul 2010
As students begin credentialing programs, they usually take a basic course on leadership, and we often invite them to reflect on their own perceptions of qualities, vision, mission and effectiveness. In Fall 2008, in my classes, I discovered that students struggled to articulate thoughts on leadership. Many felt unqualified, not having been leaders. I used metaphor as a vehicle for formulating and expressing their concept of leadership. Students felt more relaxed when comparing leadership to something else such as an orchestra conductor, a traffic cop, a stovetop or a sail. The use of metaphor allows students to relate a concept to something familiar and make it more concrete. Metaphors can be used to describe leadership as well as to explore how this language tool is used within a leadership setting. This article discusses the use of metaphors as a teaching tool, provides examples, and offers suggestions for future uses. (Contains 2 tables.)
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A