This qualitative phenomenological study set forth to discover the lived experience associated with being a leader. The researchers recruited four executive level leaders from multiple emergency and public service organizations to participate in the study. To discover how different leaders interpreted their lived experience of becoming or being a leader, the researchers employed a phenomenological design, allowing for a rich understanding of the participants’ experience. The coding and data analysis process revealed multiple themes from the words of the participants. The implications of this study address the lived experience of leadership. It also adds to academic leadership theory and assists in developing a pathway for strengthening leadership development and/or education.
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Maxfield, R. J. & Russell, E. J. (2017). Emergency services leadership: The lived experience. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 6, 1-13, https://jsire.org/emergency-services-leadership-the-lived-experience