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Closing the Leadership Gaps Between Theory and Practice: A Glimpse of the Major Leadership Issues in Higher Education

Closing the Leadership Gaps Between Theory and Practice: A Glimpse of the Major Leadership Issues in Higher Education
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Author(s): Viktor Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 11
Source title: Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling and Training
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Viktor Wang (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch024

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Abstract

This article intends to illustrate that there exist gaps between leadership theory and practice. Well-reasoned theories run through the pages of books; they are hardly applied to practice. In higher education, these gaps seem to be compounded by the lack of technical skills or leadership ethics. To demonstrate the true gaps between leadership theories and practice, the author provides a real example. While the different leadership theories are briefly reviewed, the author’s intention was to show that they need to be applied to practice in order for leaders to guide followers in the right direction. Closing the gaps between leadership theories and practice may take many years and much effort. By reading this article, the readers/researchers will discern clearly the gaps that exist in higher education.

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