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Leadership - and leadership studies - are in flux. In the revised and updated fourth edition of this acclaimed text, contributors speak directly to the central points of change: leadership vs. management; leadership and followership; and the diversity of leadership styles and pathways. Tapping the wisdom of classic articles and fifteen new readings, William Rosenbach and Robert Taylor present a renewed framework for understanding leaders and leadership from a contemporary perspective.
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Editorial Reviews

James MacGregor Burns
A wide-ranging, sophisticated, and illuminating collection of recent work on leadership.
Nicholas H. Allen
A premier set of essays on leadership of great value to scholar and practitioner alike.
Peter B. Petersen
An excellent collection.... This highly professional book is ideal for both the student and practitioner.
Powell E. Toth
One of the best collections of leadership articles I have found. It covers the area in breadth and depth. Excellent text!
Ann Howard
The articles in this multidisciplinary volume capture the richness and complexity of leadership processes....Provocative and insightful.
John K. Clemens
This thoughtfully selected collection of articles deals directly with society’s most urgent problem: its growing disenchantment with leaders and leadership.
Airpower Journal
A valuable contribution to the military leader's toolbox.... A wealth of information.
USI Journal
An excellent book, worth reading and worth using in teaching leadership.
Rusi Journal
Thought provoking and of value for those in the military intent on improving their leadership ability and the effectiveness of their organization.
Warren Bennis
The single best book of readings on leadership around— by far.
Michael A. Freney
A brilliant piece in a field where no dominant paradigm has evolved. Leadership is a dynamic activity in every aspect.
Provides an excellent overview of the art of leadership.... A fine balance of theory and application.
Military Review
A thought-provoking collection.... This multidimensional look at leadership affords the reader perspective and insight unavailable elsewhere in a single text.
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Praise for Prior Editions:

“This edition is another home run for Rosenbach and Taylor, a skillfully organized volume that offers insightful and thought-provoking articles on concepts and examples of leadership useful to researchers as well as to senior practitioners of the art of leadership.”
Lawrence P. Taylor, retired American diplomat and former director of the Foreign Service Institute and United States Ambassador to Estonia

“The single best book of readings on leadership around—by far.”
Warren Bennis, University of Southern California

“A wide-ranging, sophisticated, and illuminating collection of recent work on leadership, brilliantly reflecting the important progress that has been made and laying the groundwork for the even more important work that lies ahead.”
James MacGregor Burns, author of Leadership

“In each edition, Rosenbach and Taylor present multiple perspectives on the leader-manager debate, leader tasks and roles, and leader-follower relationships. The inclusion of leadership development on a variety of continua and global leadership add important breadth to this volume. Depth added by a greater diversity of authors makes this an important resource for anyone interested in critical leadership issues.”
Marilyn J. Amey, Michigan State University

“Rosenbach and Taylor have compiled a wonderful collection that soars in its prose on leadership. The editors have collated writings that not only speak to modern day issues but resonate with the realities of bygone situations and personalities, in particular a look at the excesses exhibited by a surprising number of today’s executive that remind why the Athenians made hubris a high crime. Without a doubt, the collection distinguishes itself as a sophisticated yet accessible theory-to-practice reader that will equally satisfy the skeptics as well as the students of leadership.”
Alphonse Keasley, Ph.D., University of Colorado

"Rosenbach and Taylor have given us the very best and widest range of leadership articles available in one cover. From leadership classics to the latest challenges facing today’s executives; from the deepest internal factors of ethics and charisma to the broadest macro issues of global leadership, the sixth edition is the premier collection for stimulating discussion across the range of 'contemporary issues in leadership.'"
Robert Ginnett, coauthor of Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343310
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/11/2006
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Rosenbach is the Evans Professor of Eisenhower Leadership Studies and Professor of Management Emeritus at Gettysburg College.

Robert L. Taylor is Professor of Management and Dean Emeritus, College of Business, at the University of Louisville.

Mark A. Youndt is Associate Professor, Department of Management and Business, Skidmore College.

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Table of Contents

1 Leadership that matters : a new vision of leadership 7
2 Challenge is the opportunity for greatness 21
3 A view about "vision" 31
4 Moral person and moral manager : how executives develop a reputation for ethical leadership 45
5 Crisis, culture, and charisma : the new leader's work in public organizations 63
6 The greatness that cannot be taught 81
7 Napoleon's tragic march home from Moscow : lessons in hubris 87
8 The greatest man Churchill and Truman ever met 109
9 The antileadership vaccine 113
10 Followership : it's personal, too 127
11 The end of leadership : exemplary leadership is impossible without full inclusion, initiatives, and cooperation of followers 129
12 Followers as partners : the spirit of leadership 143
13 What makes a leader? 159
14 Don't bother putting leadership into people 175
15 Mentor networks and career success : lessons for turbulent times 185
16 Why leadership-development efforts fail 203
17 Global leadership, education, and human survival 215
18 The disabling shadow of leadership 237
19 Narcissistic leaders : the incredible pros, the inevitable cons 241
20 Viable options : rethinking women and leadership 257
21 Level 5 leadership : the triumph of humility and fierce resolve 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    Anthology's authors knowledgeably dissect leadership traits

    This collection of essays from 21 contributors is inspiring reading for those who want to build their leadership talents or improve their companies. It is designed for good leaders, or for people who aspire to that rank and are open to being taught. Interestingly, the book also addresses how people can become better followers. Unlike many other books within this topic range, this anthology makes a distinction between leadership, which it sees as direction setting, and management, which it sees as somewhat more procedural. The essays are interesting, wide-ranging and practical. We find that the 21 voices here have a unified mission: to explain why some people are better than others at getting attention, accomplishing specific tasks and providing their followers with a sense of meaning.

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