Professionalizing Leadership

Debating Education, Certification and Practice

  • Anders Örtenblad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Introduction

  3. Against Leadership as a Profession

  4. In Between For and Against Leadership as a Profession

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Rikke Kristine Nielsen, Thomas Duus Henriksen, Kenneth Børgesen
      Pages 219-234
  5. For Leadership as a Profession

  6. On the Need for Bachelor Programs in Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Allan Næs Gjerding, Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, René Nesgaard Nielsen, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen
      Pages 361-367
    3. Kenneth Børgesen, Rikke Kristine Nielsen, Thomas Duus Henriksen
      Pages 393-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 409-425

About this book


This engaging book presents a lively debate surrounding the professionalization of leadership. With contributions from both sides of the argument, the book considers the historical overview of leadership and management as a profession, questions what constitutes a profession, and critically addresses the practicality of professionalizing leadership. With a vast range of perspectives including political philosophy, behavioural professionalism, limits to the professionalization of management and its historical contexts, the book intends to facilitate further discussion on the issues at stake and allow the reader to situate their point of view within the wider debate. With a number of education programs beginning to focus on the art and practice of leading people this debate is very timely, considering the suitability of this approach within management education.


management professions education management history behavioural professionalism leadership formation

Editors and affiliations

  • Anders Örtenblad
    • 1
  1. 1.Nord UniversityBodøNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71784-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71785-2
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