The Professional Leader: Man of Many Talents or Jack of All Trades? Five Questions About Professional Leadership

  • Leif-Kristian Monsen


Based on five questions, this chapter discusses to what extent professionalization of leaders is possible and desirable. These questions relate to professional competence in core production, to leadership at different levels of the organization, to individual qualities and skills, to learning and education, and to talents and knowledge. The discussion leads us to the idea that there are no isolated conditions that are independent enough to qualify someone in the designation of professional leader. However, there may be many reasons why we may consider such a conclusion as something positive.


Professional leader Professionalization Professional competence Levels in organization Skills and characteristics Learning and education Talent Knowledge Context Leadership theory 


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  • Leif-Kristian Monsen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social ScienceNord UniversityBodøNorway

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