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Association of Leadership Educators
Journal of Leadership Education
What style of leadership is most effective in a particular situation with a specific group of followers? How do leaders best motivate followers in achieving goals? Although important questions, before we may come to fully understand the how and what of leadership, in this brief I suggest that we reflect upon a more basic leadership question. In the context of a paradigm from the work of the late educator and social critic, Neil Postman (1931-2003), I explore the question, “Why does leadership exist?” For when we reflect upon the answer to that question, we may gain further insight into ourselves as leaders, which may
enhance our understanding of what good leadership looks like and how we might best achieve it.
Caulfield, Johnette, "Why Does Leadership Exist?" (2013). College of Professional Studies Faculty Research and Publications. 25.