Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice

Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice

by Peter G. Northouse
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412916550

ISBN-13: 9781412916554

Pub. Date: 11/12/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Offering a straightforward introduction to the basic principles of leadership, Peter G. Northouse’s Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice focuses on providing readers with practical strategies for becoming better leaders. An applied text by the author of the SAGE best-seller Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition, this new text provides the much

Overview

Offering a straightforward introduction to the basic principles of leadership, Peter G. Northouse’s Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice focuses on providing readers with practical strategies for becoming better leaders. An applied text by the author of the SAGE best-seller Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition, this new text provides the much needed "how-to" component of leading for students in leadership courses.

Three interactive components in every chapter - self-assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheets - get readers actively involved in applying leadership concepts to their own lives. Grounded in leadership theory, yet accessible and reader-friendly, this book covers a fundamental aspect of leadership in each chapter and illustrates its application in real leadership situations. A final chapter discusses the key topic of ethics in leadership.

Key Features

  • Looks at one quality of leadership per chapter, making it easier for readers to understand and apply material to their own lives
  • Uses examples and case studies to illustrate each fundamental aspect of leadership (creating a vision, listening to out-group members, and overcoming obstacles, for example)
  • Encourages readers to complete a Self-Assessment Questionnaire before reading each chapter to explore their own leadership styles and preferences
  • Guides readers in examining behaviors of leaders from their own lives through each chapter’s Observational Exercise
  • Includes Reflection and Action Worksheets that encourage readers to reflect upon their own leadership styles and identify an action plan for improving their leadership skills

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412916554
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/12/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Special Features xii

Audience xii

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xv

1 Being a Leader 1

Defining Leadership 1

"Leadership Is a Trait" 2

"Leadership Is an Ability" 2

"Leadership Is a Skill" 2

"Leadership Is a Behavior" 2

"Leadership Is a Relationship" 3

Global Leadership Attributes 3

Practicing Leadership 5

Summary 5

References 5

1.1 Conceptualizing Leadership Questionnaire 6

1.2 Observational Exercise 8

1.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 9

2 Recognizing Your Traits 11

Historical Leaders: What Traits Do These Leaders Display? 12

George Washington (1732-1799) 12

Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913) 13

Eleanor Rossevelt (1884-1962) 14

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 15

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) 15

Nelson Mandela (1932-) 16

Bill Gates (1954-) 17

Oprab Winfrey (1954-) 18

Summary 19

Leadership Studies: What Traits Do Effective Leaders Exhibit? 20

Intelligence 20

Confidence 21

Charisma 22

Determination 23

Sociability 23

Integrity 24

Summary 25

References 26

2.1 Leadership Traits Questionnaire 28

2.2 Observational Exercise 31

2.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 33

3 Recognizing Your Philosophy and Style of Leadership 35

What Is Your View of Human Behavior at Work? 36

Theory X 36

Theory Y 38

Styles of Leadership: Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire 40

Authoritarian Leadership Style 41

Democratic Leadership Style 42

Laissez-Faire Leadership Style 42

Box 3.1 Leadership on the Silver Screen 43

What Is Your Style of Leadership? 45

Summary 46

References 47

3.1 Leadership Styles Questionnairs 48

3.2 Observational Exercise 50

3.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet51

4 Attending to Tasks and Relationships 53

What Is Your Personal Style? 54

Task-Oriented Style 54

Relationship-Oriented Style 55

What Kind of Leader Are You? 55

Task Leadership 56

Relationship Leadership 57

Task and Relationship Leadership 58

Summary 58

References 58

4.1 Task and Relationship Questionnaire 59

4.2 Observational Exercise 61

4.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 63

5 Developing Leadership Skills 65

What Are Your Core Leadership Skills? 65

Administrative Skills 66

Interpersonal Skills 69

Conceptual Skills 74

Summary 79

References 79

5.1 Leadership Skills Questionnaire 81

5.2 Observational Exercise 83

5.3 Reflections and Action Worksheet 85

6 Creating a Vision 87

What Are the Characteristics of a Vision? 88

A Picture 88

A Change 89

Values 89

A Map 90

A Challenge 90

How Is a Vision Articulated? 91

Box 6.1 "I Have a Dream," by Martin Luther King, Jr. 92

Box 6.2 Inaugural Address, by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy 94

How Is a Vision Implemented? 96

Box 6.3 Marathon of Hope 97

Summary 98

References 98

6.1 Leadership Vision Questionnaire 100

6.2 Observational Exercise 102

6.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 103

7 Setting the Tone 105

Provide Structure 105

Clarify Norms 106

Build Cohesiveness 107

Promote Standards of Excellence 110

Summary 116

References 117

7.1 Setting the Tone Questionnaire 118

7.2 Observational Exercise 120

7.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 121

8 Listening to Out-Group Members 123

Who Is the Out-Group? 124

Why Do Out-Groups From? 124

What Is the Impact of Out-Groups? 126

How Should a Leader Respond to Out-Groups? 129

Strategy 1 Listen to Out-Group Members 129

Strategy 2 Show Empathy to Out-Group Members 129

Strategy 3 Recognize the Unique Contributions of Out-Group Members 130

Strategy 4 Help Out-Group Members Feel Included 132

Strategy 5 Create a Special Relationship With Out-Group Members 132

Strategy 6 Give Out-Group Members a Voice and Empower Them to Act 133

Summary 134

References 134

8.1 Responding to Members of the Out-Group Questionnaire 136

8.2 Observational Exercise 138

8.3 Reflections and Action Worksheet 139

9 Overcoming Obstacles 141

Obstacle 1 Unclear Goals 142

Obstacle 2 Unclear Directions 143

Obstacle 3 Low Motivation 144

Box 9.1 Car GPS Systems-You Gotta Love 'Em 145

Help Others Feel Competent 146

Help Others Get What They Expect 146

Help Others Value What They Do 147

Obstacle 4 Complex Tasks 147

Obstacle 5 Simple Tasks 148

Obstacle 6 Low Involvement 149

Obstacle 7 Lack of a Challenge 150

Summary 151

References 151

9.1 Path-Goal Styles Questionnaire 152

9.2 Observational Exercise 154

9.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 155

10 Addressing Ethics in Leadership 157

Ethical Leadership Is About the Character of the Leader 159

Ethical Leadership Is About the Actions of the Leader 161

Ethical Leadership Is About the Goals of the Leader 163

Ethical Leadership Is About the Honesty of the Leader 164

Ethical Leadership Is About the Power of the Leader 166

Ethical Leadership Is About the Values of the Leader 167

Box 10.1 Live Strong-Lance Armstrong's Story 169

Summary 169

References 170

10.1 Core Values Questionnarie 172

10.2 Observational Exercise 174

10.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet 177

Index 179

Questionnaries 187

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