The Leadership Literature and Its Relevance to Psychotherapy

  • Barbara Benedict Bunker
  • James W. Julian


When leadership is mentioned, it summons up images of great men and women, of power and its uses, of risk-taking initiatives, and imaginative forward movement. Yet the essence of leadership is that it is a relationship. For every leader there must be those who are willing to follow. Critical in understanding leadership is understanding the influence relationship that must develop between the people who are the leaders and those who are the followers. Not surprisingly, interest in the study of leadership has roots in the beginnings of recorded history; the empirical study of leadership has its origins in the beginnings of the social sciences (Allport, 1954). The concern of the present chapter is whether this long tradition of empirical study of leadership can contribute to our understanding of another very special influence relationship: psychotherapy.


Social Exchange Therapeutic Relationship Leader Style Leadership Research Charismatic Leader 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Benedict Bunker
    • 1
  • James W. Julian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyState University of New York at BuffaloAmherstUSA

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