The task of leadership: leadership as an attribute of group life

Journal Article or Monograph

Title: The task of leadership: leadership as an attribute of group life
Year: 1997
Authors: Eisold, K.

Being department chair has become, as we hear more and more, an impossible job, and sooner or later those who have been plunged into the ordeal of chairing may find themselves looking for help, or at least solace, in the nostrums on display in the management section of their local bookstores

The point I want to start with is that such books don't create dialogue; they are aimed at business leaders who want to or feel they need to figure out all by themselves what to do. Books of this kind are aids to memory, and the approach to leadership they adopt assumes that the important thing is to get the key ideas about leadership into the leader's if leadership were a language, like French or Russian, or a kind of expertise, like the information contained in a manual on engine repair and that once this aim is accomplished, the leader will 'speak' leadership or 'do' leadership properly. The idea, in short, is that leadership is the property of the individual, a set of ideas or talents that an individual can possess.

Keywords: The Chair's Role, Faculty Evaluation and Reward, Personnel Issues, Working with the Department, Working with Upper Administration, Assessment of Student Learning,Conditions of Work and Employment
Language: English

Journal: ADE Bulletin
Volume: Spring
Issue: 116
Start page: 33
End page: 37
Publisher ID:

Submitted by:
Anne C, Fruge
Faculty and Supervisor
The William Alanson White Institute

Corresponding author: Kenneth Eisold

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