Preparing Leaders While Neglecting Leadership: An Analysis of U.S. Collegiate Leadership Centers

Laura Gail Lunsford, Brandy A. Brown

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    This study systematically examines collegiate leadership centers and their role in leader development. The findings extend research from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership by focusing on centers as the unit of analysis. Our mixed-method approach involved coding center websites and analyzing center director responses from an online survey. Results indicate a proliferation of leadership centers, especially at public universities, as well as a leader-centric philosophy that directs much leader development programs. The results from 69 leadership centers in the United States highlight a disconnect between research and practice, and an opportunity to advance leader development through greater use of evidence-based methods.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)261-277
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - May 1 2017


    • college
    • leader development
    • leadership centers
    • undergraduate

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Strategy and Management
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Management Science and Operations Research


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