chapter  16
18 Pages

Future Needs: Accountability

ByLarry C. Loesch

Evident in the preceding chapters, as well as in the Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) position paper on leadership (Herr, 2010), is that there are myriad denitions, understandings, interpretations, philosophies, and belief systems about leadership. e CSI-endorsed advocacy of the servant leader perspective (Herr, n.d.) narrows the range of interpretations of what leadership should be and how leaders should act, but does not narrow them enough to indicate specically how a counseling professional should actually behave so as to be a leader. CSI’s (2009) Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence help to clarify the CSI position paper on leadership, point to necessary perspectives on various aspects of leadership performance, and identify rather generalized guidelines for appropriate leadership behaviors, but again do not point to specic behaviors that would allow a professional counselor to manifest those principles in a way that would necessarily be deemed eective leadership practice. Ultimately, as Herr (n.d.) noted, leadership is whatever each individual counseling professional interprets it to be in regard to specic behaviors (i.e., concrete actions) intended to be leadership behavior.