I have always been curious as to how leadership can be both an art and a science, although I am sure it is a combination of both.  “Art” seems to imply a creativity and an essential lack of order while “science” seems to be very much the opposite. Science rests on research and, as you will learn through your master’s curriculum in leadership, much research has been done in this field.  Yet, great leaders often know nothing about this research and seem not to ascribe to any scientific application of principles emanating from that research.  What makes a great leader in any event?

Leadership entails an essential interaction between at least three elements: the leader, the followers, and the situation.  Depending on the particulars of these elements, a “great leader” in one situation may be quite ineffective in another situation.  To understand leadership, then, it is probably important to equally concentrate on situations and followers.

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