Authenticity and Transparency in the Teaching of Leadership Readiness

  • Lisa O’MalleyEmail author
  • Ellen Fowler
  • Sarah Moore
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET)


This chapter presents and explores the personal insights we have gained about the teaching of leadership. Generated through a process of critical reflection, these insights focused on the motives and assumptions we brought to our teaching of leadership to a cohort of marketing students. The process of reflection occurred through a series of conversations in which we grappled with a number of questions about leadership. In particular, we consider whether and how leadership can be taught, and whether and how it can be taught in the absence of a clear definition of leadership. We interrogate how the design and teaching of this course enabled participants to learn about leadership and we explore what this might imply about the limits, requirements and values of leadership education in formal settings. And we conclude that by confronting and changing some dominant practices and assumptions about teaching leadership, we can achieve the goals of leadership education in more transparent and authentic ways.


Emotional Intelligence Transformational Leadership Critical Reflection Leadership Behaviour Servant Leadership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kemmy Business SchoolUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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