our concern for communication should invite and challenge us to address this subject area from our distinctive perspective. Perhaps more than most topics, this one urges us to examine how rhetorical and communication studies merge in the domain of political realities. Drawing an analogy with Aristotle's position about rhetoric as the counterpart of dialectic in the world of politics, perhaps we should conclude that the art of communication is the counterpart of the social science of communication in the world of leadership studies and practice. As this chapter accentuates, understanding leadership necessitates the synthesis of communication and other traditions rather than the constraining limitations of a singular, myopic perspective.
I express my appreciation to Dr. Moya Ball and Dr. Robert Blanchard of Trinity University for their advice and guidance.
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