Proposals for the future of leadership scholarship: Suggestions in Phronesis

Scott J. Allen*, David M. Rosch, Joanne B. Ciulla, John P. Dugan, Brad Jackson, Stefanie K. Johnson, Cindy Pace, Steve Kempster, Eric Guthey, Susan E. Murphy, Ron E. Riggio, Karen “Kat” Schrier, Wiley “Chip” Souba, Chellie Spiller

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“Phronesis” can be summarized as “wisdom in determining ends and the means of attaining them.” This unique article originated from comments made by scholars on a podcast hosted by Dr. Scott Allen titled “Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders.” Here, we propose 10 specific agendas focused on the future of scholarship in the field of leadership studies, authored by some of these scholars. Topics include how to think about effective leadership in “the age of emotion” where truth can seem up for debate; specific topical suggestions for expanded study—such as more comprehensively studying place and space, indigenous wisdom, equity issues, games that teach, and focusing more on lifespan perspectives; better integrating scholarship with professional settings where leading occurs; and more effectively framing what it even means to lead and follow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-589
Number of pages27
Issue number4
Early online date5 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • future of leader
  • leadership research agenda
  • leadership scholarship
  • leadership studies
  • podcasting
  • ship


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