Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Special Studies: M.A.
School of Education
Fred E. Hill
Phyllis M. Lacroix
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Many members of business organizations rely on an abundance of materials to learn about leadership education or training. Relying solely on these materials can be costly, and are probably only semi-related to leadership education or training. An alternative, often less costly, and with some semblance of relatedness, might be higher education. The purpose of this study is to examine whether four-year colleges and universities can provide the type of leadership education or training currently being sought by business organizations.
Business organizations were surveyed as to whether they felt leadership education at the college and university level would be helpful for their organizations, the topics sought to be taught by colleges and universities, and how members in organizations defined the term leadership. Colleges and universities were surveyed as to the leadership instruction they offered, and what leadership topics were considered most important.
If was found that business organizations believe leadership education at the college and university level would be helpful to their organizations. The lead~rship topics sought by businesses to be taught by higher education included leadership versus management, leadership styles, empowerment/power, and leadership ethics. Members of organizations defined the term leadership in different ways, but the terms strategic planning and empowering others were chosen by a majority of participants. Colleges and universities offer many leadership topics including group leadership and leadership styles; however, leadership styles and empowerment/power were considered most important to the study of leadership.
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