Can Leadership Become a Profession?

  • Frederik Hertel
  • Michael Fast


Can leadership become a profession identical with, or at least somehow comparable to, the professions of, for example, nurses, carpenters, physiotherapists? This is the main question we will address in the chapter. Furthermore we will discuss whether leadership is an immanent and latent aspect of professions and whether this is a key difference between profession and leadership. Finally, we will discuss what it would actually take to turn leadership into a new profession comparable to other practices.


Leadership as profession Paradox Organizational context Sociology and dialectics 


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  • Frederik Hertel
    • 1
  • Michael Fast
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business and ManagementAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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