Preparing Leaders While Neglecting Leadership: An Analysis of U.S. Collegiate Leadership Centers

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Abstract

This study systematically examines collegiate leadership centers and their role in leader development. The findings extend research from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership by focusing on centers as the unit of analysis. Our mixed-method approach involved coding center websites and analyzing center director responses from an online survey. Results indicate a proliferation of leadership centers, especially at public universities, as well as a leader-centric philosophy that directs much leader development programs. The results from 69 leadership centers in the United States highlight a disconnect between research and practice, and an opportunity to advance leader development through greater use of evidence-based methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-277
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • college
  • leader development
  • leadership centers
  • undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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