Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference / Edition 2

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This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the best-selling book Exploring Leadership. The book is designed to help college students understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and to guide them in developing their leadership potential. Exploring Leadership incorporates new insights and material developed in the course of the authors' work in the field. The second edition contains expanded and new chapters and also includes the relational leadership model, uses a more global context and examples that relate to a wide variety of disciplines, contains a new section which emphasizes ways to work to accomplish change, and concludes with concrete strategies for activism.
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"Students have a chance to learn leadership theory in a personal, practical and interactive way as they experience this book. [Exploring Leadership] provides important background of strengths-based approaches and their application to school and work settings." —Connie Rath, vice chair and dean, The Gallup Organization

"This edition of Exploring Leadership will inspire students to engage in deeper self-exploration about why they lead and how they can make a positive difference through their leadership. The book provides a comprehensive treatment of leadership, complete with cutting-edge scholarship, applications, and reflections from students. I recommend it highly." —Carol S. Pearson, president, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and author, The Hero Within and The Transforming Leader

"There is a reason this book is in its third edition: It is a thoughtful and practical guide designed for college students who want to study leadership, perchance become leaders themselves. Most importantly, the authors offer critical advice to young, potential leaders for leading effectively in a rapidly changing world." —Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and professor of organizational behavior, Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787982133
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/22/2006
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 14.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

The Authors
Pt. 1 Leadership for a Changing World
1 An Introduction to Leadership 3
2 The Changing Nature of Leadership 25
3 A New Way of Understanding Leadership 67
Pt. 2 Exploring Your Potential for Leadership
4 Understanding Yourself 107
5 Understanding Others 137
Pt. 3 Relationships, Environment, and the Practice of Leadership
6 Interacting in Teams and Groups 165
7 Understanding Complex Organizations 195
8 Building Coalitions and Communities 227
9 Leading with Integrity and Moral Purpose 247
Pt. 4 Leadership and Renewal
10 Why Renewal Is Vital to Groups and Organizations 277
11 The Mind, Body, and Soul of the Leader 299
References 315
Name Index 329
Subject Index 334
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Great for 101 Classes

    I have been using this text for my intro to leadership course and it has truly made a difference the way I approach a situation. Moreover, this text is engaging and can reach people through laughter and sincerity. I would highly recommend this book, but it would be helpful to have an instructor guide you through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

    Copiusly Redundant and Tiresome

    Exploring Leadership is readable and innovative for about 50 pages, and then proceeds to repeat itself for the remainder of the book. The problem with trying to write a book about leadership, is that there's really not much to write that isn't common knowledge. This book stresses cooperation and inclusivity over domineering leadership and discusses techniques for organizational renewal and effectiveness, but does so in an insipid and inefficient manner. I have never read a more boring book in my life and I am someone who can generally tolerate a lot of monotony before becoming frustrated. Had this book been more concise and focused on things that most people don't already know, it would have been maybe 100 pages or less and certainly would have been a lot more enjoyable to read. I think this manifesto lost most of it's effectiveness in it¿s many pages of redundancy. I did not enjoy having to read this book, however, I already share a lot of ideological commonalities with the authors, so it was sort of like reading my own ideas over and over again. My main frustration with this book, is that it was so elementary and obvious. It sounds a lot like preaching in most of the sections, and very little of the book is devoted the theory or methodology. It's all descriptions of broad overviews that are too vague to be useful. I would advise anyone considering reading this book to only buy it if you have to. It sometimes amazes me that smart people can turn out such ineffective work.

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