4th International New York Academic Research Congress , 15 - 16 January 2022, pp.16-17
The concept of leadership, which has an important place in people's organizational, social and political
life, is defined as a relationship based on power and authority between a person and a group or
superiority possessed from other members of the group in terms of features such as charisma,
intelligence and talent. Within the scope of the study, it is aimed to learn the metaphorical perceptions
of the students, who learn theoretical information about the concept of leadership during their university
education and who will have the opportunity to work in leadership positions in various institutions.
Target population of the study; While Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University constituted the sample of the
study; a group of 225 students enrolled in the Faculty of Political Sciences. The students were selected
on a voluntary basis. In order to determine the metaphorical perceptions of the students participating in
the study about the concept of "leadership", "Leadership is like/similar to ................ Because
.....................". In the study, data was collected through a semi-structured metaphor form and content
analysis was performed. As a result of the content analysis, 200 metaphors were obtained by the
participants. One "sample metaphor expression" was from the participant compositions representing
these metaphors. A “sample metaphor list” was created by combining repetitive metaphors in this list.
According to the "sample metaphor list" obtained, the metaphors of divided into 15 categories.These
categories were created as "to be a pioneer", "decision-making skills", "to be innovative", "to guide",
"to take responsibility", "to cope with difficulties", "to be strong and successful", "to be reliable", "to be
objective", “worthiness”, “authenticity”, “problem solving”, “authority”, and “management”.
Accordingly, the leadership perception of the people participating in the study; It is possible to say that
they are people who have merit, have their own talents and management skills, are guiding and
Keywords: Metaphor, Leadership, Perception.