Intellectual Leadership

Key Idea

Intellectual leaders use reason and factual information to clarify, deepen and facilitate the understanding of how ideas and goals can impact an organization.

Book to Read

Intellectual Leadership in Higher Education: Renewing the Role of the University Professor
by Bruce Macfarlane (2012)

Quick Take from the Book 

The qualities of an intellectual leader include:

  • A knowledge expert in a particular field.
  • Strong experience in the field.
  • An abiding concern to educate and motivate others for the betterment of the organization.

Quote of note

“While someone may have the credentials to be an intellectual leader, partly through the power of their intellect and prior academic achievements…this in itself is not enough. Leadership further demands a concern and care for others”- Bruce Macfarlane, P. 67

Related Styles: Transformational Leadership, Servant Leadership

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