And from the perspective of the academic, Blackwell’s commentary, “Leadership Theory and Education: Building Bridges or Digging Chasms,” examines the question – “…are we, as academicians, creating meaning about leadership for society or are we creating, with our research and theories, an even greater distance and disconnect?” In a thought provoking essay that raises as many questions as it answers, Blackwell challenges academics in particular to critically examine what is happening in the larger context, and how their work integrates with organizational and community practice, the social problems we purport to address, and popular perception. As Blackwell sums, “We need the common understanding in society that leadership is a process, not just a word.”

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