Background and Introduction: Leadership as a Profession and as the Main Theme on Bachelor Programs
This chapter offers a background to the two issues that are debated in the book: (1) whether leadership is, can and should be turned into a true profession; and (2) whether it is a good idea for higher education institutions to offer bachelor programs in leadership. Some literature about management as profession is reviewed, regarding the themes that have been discussed in this literature. Reasons for sticking to leadership instead of management in the book are offered, and some examples of existing American bachelor programs in leadership are briefly presented. Finally, the structure of the book, as well as all the chapters, are briefly introduced.
KeywordsProfession Professionalization Leadership as profession Management as profession Leadership education Bachelor program Higher education
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