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Overview

From the earliest times people have been entranced by stories about leaders-about Greek city state rulers, Roman consuls, Chinese emperors, religious potentates, military conquerors, and politicians. Perhaps more importantly, leadership is a challenge and an opportunity facing millions of people in their professional and personal lives. The Encyclopedia of Leadership brings together for the first time everything that is known and truly matters about leadership as part of the human experience. Developed by the award-winning editorial team at Berkshire Publishing Group, the Encyclopedia includes hundreds of articles, written by 400 leading scholars and experts from 17 countries, exploring leadership theories and leadership practice. Over a third of the work-some 500,000 words-is devoted to biographical essays and to case studies focused on leaders (and their followers). Articles and sidebars show leadership in action-in corporations and state houses, schools, churches, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Questions the Encyclopedia of Leadership will answer: - What is a leader? - What is a great leader? - How does someone become a leader? - What are the types of leadership? - How can leadership theories help us understand contemporary situations? - How can I be a good (and maybe great) leader? The Encyclopedia of Leadership is an unprecedented learning resource. Scholars, students, professionals, and active citizens will turn to the Encyclopedia for guidance on the theory and practice of leadership, for the stories of great leaders, and for the tools and knowledge they need to lead in the 21st century. Key Features - Four volumes - 400 substantive articles, ranging in length from 1000-6000 words - 200 photographs and other illustrations - 250 sidebars drawn from public records, newspaper accounts, memoirs, and ethnography Article categories - Biographies - Case studies - Followers and followership - Gender

"The editors' eclectic, interdisciplinary, and global approach goes far beyond the usual literature on management to create a broad foundation for this developing field, drawing concepts and examples from religion, philosophy, business, politics, the arts, and other fields. Entries are often accompanied by sidebars with excerpts from primary texts and by pull quotes with stimulating epigrams. Many articles include extended case studies of leaders ranging from Alexander the Great to Louis B. Mayer."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.

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Editorial Reviews

James Mac Gregor Burns
“The enormous demands on leadership in today’s world-the rise of militant followings; the struggle of long-suppressed people to rise to leadership positions; the heightened demand for moral, principled leadership—all these dynamic forces contribute to making this encyclopedia timely—and timeless.”
BOOK NEWS
SAGE has, again, been the first to hit the market with a major reference in a rapidly growing field of the social sciences. Virtually every academic and large public library will need the Encyclopedia of Leadership.
BOOKLIST (star review)
Because there really is nothing available like this encyclopedia, it is a must buy for academic libraries. Extremely well done, with good quality print and illustrations, this work should become an important resource for active citizens as well as for managers and scholars.
CHOICE
"Not just for reference, this is an essential learning resource for libraries and the personal collections of modern leaders. Narratives, examples, photographs, and illustrations illuminate the ideas and concepts being examined, making the set readable, attention-grabbing, and unordinary. Readers can explore leadership theories and practices, and examine the effects of leadership. More volumes are promised in this source that brings interest and excitement to a subject overlooked by the consultants, CEOs, and coaches whose earlier works captured a small view of leadership subject matter. Summing Up: Highly recommended for all collections."
Lawrence Looks at Books
This groundbreaking encyclopedia attempts to explain fundamental questions of leadership studies. . . . From competition and charisma to mentoring and trust, this interdisciplinary guide supplies students, scholars and practitioners with an excellent introduction to current thinking on leadership. This innovative tool is highly recommended for academic libraries.— John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
James MacGregor Burns
“The enormous demands on leadership in today’s world-the rise of militant followings; the struggle of long-suppressed people to rise to leadership positions; the heightened demand for moral, principled leadership--all these dynamic forces contribute to making this encyclopedia timely--and timeless.”
Howard Gardner
"As the field of leadership studies expands, and the list of important authors and concepts grows, the time is at hand for a comprehensive Encyclopedia of Leadership. This collection will be welcomed by all who want to understand this important and complex field."
Bernard M. Bass
"In 1975 a wag declared that the concept of leadership should be abandoned. It was not, of course. The 300 contributors to the Encyclopedia of Leadership are leaders among the many thousands of scholars responsible for the health and vast breadth of leadership studies. They show us that leadership plays an important, increasingly integral role today in fields ranging from world politics to community development."
Frances Hesselbein
"This new Encyclopedia provides leaders with the historical perspective and a vision of the tenuous future so essential if leaders of the future are to redefine leadership on their own terms, with their own people."
Book News
SAGE has, again, been the first to hit the market with a major reference in a rapidly growing field of the social sciences. Virtually every academic and large public library will need the Encyclopedia of Leadership.
(star review) - Booklist
Because there really is nothing available like this encyclopedia, it is a must buy for academic libraries. Extremely well done, with good quality print and illustrations, this work should become an important resource for active citizens as well as for managers and scholars.
Choice Magazine
"Not just for reference, this is an essential learning resource for libraries and the personal collections of modern leaders. Narratives, examples, photographs, and illustrations illuminate the ideas and concepts being examined, making the set readable, attention-grabbing, and unordinary. Readers can explore leadership theories and practices, and examine the effects of leadership. More volumes are promised in this source that brings interest and excitement to a subject overlooked by the consultants, CEOs, and coaches whose earlier works captured a small view of leadership subject matter. Summing Up: Highly recommended for all collections. "
Lawrence Looks at Books - John R.M. Lawrence
This groundbreaking encyclopedia attempts to explain fundamental questions of leadership studies. . . . From competition and charisma to mentoring and trust, this interdisciplinary guide supplies students, scholars and practitioners with an excellent introduction to current thinking on leadership. This innovative tool is highly recommended for academic libraries.
Library Journal
This authoritative reference source, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Burns and written by some 400 scholars from 17 countries, comprehensively covers a burgeoning new field of academic study leadership. Its scope is amazingly broad, reflecting the interdisciplinary applications of the subject. The 373 alphabetically arranged entries are accompanied by 150 photos and other illustrations, with 300 sidebars drawn from a variety of sources. Approximately one third of the entries provide biographical information about men and women who have made significant contributions to the field. Other categories include case studies, leadership studies, followership, women and gender, personal characteristics of model leaders, leadership styles, and leadership theories. The appendixes following the main body of the work include a six-page select bibliography of books related to leadership, a directory of 250 leadership programs with accompanying mission statements, key foreign policy and war speeches of U.S. presidents, and excerpts from sacred texts illuminating "the role of leaders and leadership concepts." Bottom Line Because of its breadth, ease of navigation, high level of scholarship, clear writing, and practical format, this model encyclopedia should help establish leadership as a normative field of study. Highly recommended. Jack Forman, San Diego Mesa Coll. Lib., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761925972
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 2120
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Georgia Sorenson envisioned and launched the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland—the first academic program devoted to public leadership—more than twenty years ago. Currently she is Visiting Professor of Leadership Studies at the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland..She has served as a board member of the Leadership Learning Community, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, the Academy for Educational Development’s New Voices, the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, Learning to Lead, and many other leadership organizations in the United States and abroad. Sorenson is the author of several books, including Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation with James MacGregor Burns, published in 1999 by Scribner. Sorenson is co-editor, with George R. Goethals and James MacGregor Burns, of the four-volume Encyclopedia of Leadership, published by SAGE in 2004. She has published in professional journals, such as the Harvard Educational Review, Signs, and Psychology of Women Quarterly, and is a frequent contributor and commentator on leadership and social issues in the popular media. Sorenson’s experience has led to numerous international consultancies and teaching appointments. She was adjunct professor at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, serves as professor and advisor to China’s National School of Administration, and was on the international board of the Tokyo Jogakkan College in Japan. Previously she served on the advisory board of the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership. Before launching her career in academia, Sorenson was a senior policy analyst for employment issues in the Carter White House and later worked as a consultant to the Executive Office of the President. During her White House tenure, she served on the White House Productivity Council and on Vice-President Mondale’s Youth Employment Council. She continues to be politically active and has served as a speechwriter or consultant to three presidential campaigns.

James MacGregor Burns is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer and a pioneer in the study of leadership. Author of more than two dozen books, Burns has devoted his professional life to the study of leadership in its various forms.

His latest book, Packing the Court, will be published later this month. In it, he discusses the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review and reminds us that the Constitution does not grant the Court this authority to strike down congressional legislation. Burns reveals how, throughout American history, clashes between presidents and the Supreme Court have threatened the nation’s welfare — and may do so again.

In 1971, Burns won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his biography, Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom (1970). He is also the author of the acclaimed Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox. His book, Leadership, published in 1978, is still considered the seminal work in the field of leadership studies. His theory of transactional and transformational leadership has been the basis of more than 400 doctoral dissertations.

Among his many other books are Deadlock of Democracy, Presidential Government, The Vineyard of Liberty, The Workshop of Democracy, The Crosswinds of Freedom, Government by the People (a textbook in its 22nd edition), Cobblestone Leadership, Congress on Trial, A People’s Charter, The Three Roosevelts, George Washington, Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership, Transforming Leadership, biographies of John F. Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II, and most recently, Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court.

Burns received his B.A. from Williams College, his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard, and he attended the London School of Economics. He is the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College and serves as Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the Academy of Leadership, which bears his name, at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is past president of the American Political Science Association and also of the International Society of Political Psychology.

Burns was the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts in 1958 and was also elected a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions. While in the military, Burns served as combat historian in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1946; he was awarded the Bronze Star and four Battle Stars.

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