Should Leadership Be Considered a Profession?
The answer to the question the chapter title poses is a definite YES! Professionalism is carving a niche in almost every work environment. It involves the articulation of ideals and principles to guide the execution of the leadership mandate. Through standardization and formalization of selection and career development procedures, transparency and accountability will be increased. Professionalism is capable of ranking individuals based on their experience, motivation, and credentials. The myths of leadership have led to leadership remaining largely unprofessionalised. This phenomenon has led to poor leadership and a culture of impunity has been perpetuated. Leadership positions do not necessarily attract the best of leaders who have a change vision for their followers. This has been left to any individual who is popular and has convincing power.
KeywordsProfessionalism Principles Standardization Formalization Myths
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