Teaching Leadership in a Management Course: Using Q Methodology to Engage Students in Theory Building

Abstract: Teaching leadership within the parameters of a management course can be a daunting task. It is imperative for students to have an understanding of the perceived differences in leadership and management, but such instruction requires a delicate balance between teaching theory and illustrating practical applications. This article, prepared as an innovative practice paper, shares how the often under-utilized Q methodology has been used to create a leadership teaching exercise that encourages participants to construct their own sense of leadership theory using the insights of established theories but unrestricted by just one framework.