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Abstract

This article examines leadership from the perspectives of 50 deaf leaders and interpreter leaders from Canada and the United States. This qualitative research study contributes to knowledge about what leaders value and what are important leadership practices to each group of leaders. Data were collected through individual interviews using semistructured open-ended questions. Twenty most frequent themes were identified in the interview data. The values of respect and communication were strongly related among and within the two groups. When participants were asked about the differences and similarities between deaf leaders and interpreter leaders, five themes were identified: the importance of relationships, the importance for all to understand, valuing all input, the knowledge of how systems work, and the speed of decision making. Implications for interpreter education and for practitioners as it applies to leadership are discussed. Recommendations for further research are offered.

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