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Can leadership be taught: a study about leadership development in education
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Historically there has been an ongoing debate whether leadership is innate behaviour, a trait or a skill. I believe leadership is both a skill and a behaviour that exhibits that skill (Doh 2003). ‘This dual definition generated an additional disagreement over whether leadership can be taught’ (Doh 2003, p. 54). I have had conversations with professors, alumni and leaders who have experience with leadership (broadly defined) and more specifically with leadership programmes. I have asked the experts how they would define leadership; if leaders are born; how the profile of a successful leader looks like; and how we should develop leaders. This study indicates that leadership can be enhanced with the development of (1) explicit knowledge (2) tacit knowledge (3) emotional intelligence (4) and ethical leadership.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 91 p.
Keyword [en]
Caretaking, emotional intelligence, empathy, ethical leadership, explicit knowledge, feedback, innateness, integrity, leadership, leadership development, learning, mentoring, morality, reflection, self-awareness, tacit knowledge, willingness
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43967OAI: diva2:819317
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Business Administration - Organization Leadership
Educational program
Leadership and Management in International Context, Master Programme, 60 credits
Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-10 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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