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Overview

Offering a straightforward introduction to the basic principles of leadership, Peter G. Northouse provides readers with practical strategies for becoming better leaders. An applied text by the author of the best-seller Leadership: Theory and Practice,this new text provides the much needed “how-to” component 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of European Industrial Training
"This textbook is a very useful introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of leadership. The background theoretical inputs are short, snappy and relevant and designed to engage and inspire students towards further study...The interactive features are definitely the distinguishing factor of this textbook and allow readers to apply theoretical concepts to practice. With its use of questionnaires, reflective analyses, action planning worksheets and observational exercises, the textbook provides a valuable mechanism for transferring knowledge into practice. "— David Mc Guire
Richard Bell
"I have been looking for a good intro to Leadership [book] with class exercises—this is it!"
Journal of Leadership Studies
"I found Northouse’s style of writing to be unambiguous, complex but wonderfully understandable. His writing style stoked the fires of my imagination regarding my own approach to leadership. It also made complex concepts in leadership understandable without sullying the integrity of the academic discipline of leadership or leadership praxis. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse’s book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices demonstrates Northouse’s depth and breadth of experience as an academician and consultant. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations. "
Carl Larson
“I have followed Peter Northouse's work for years. He has written another excellent book, this time a perfect introductory book for the new student of leadership.”
Jeffrey D. Yergler
"In Northouse’s most recent publication, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices, he continues his impressive ability to render leadership theories and concepts extremely accessible. Despite the fact that this book is much lighter on theory than Northouse’s previous work, it is nonetheless better than most resources I have used in the past in addressing the personal and organizational implications of leadership in a matter-of-fact, nuts-and bolts manner. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse’s book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations. In this latest publication, he has done exactly that. "
Journal of European Industrial Training - David McGuire
"This textbook is a very useful introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of leadership. The background theoretical inputs are short, snappy and relevant and designed to engage and inspire students towards further study...The interactive features are definitely the distinguishing factor of this textbook and allow readers to apply theoretical concepts to practice. With its use of questionnaires, reflective analyses, action planning worksheets and observational exercises, the textbook provides a valuable mechanism for transferring knowledge into practice. "
Richard A. Couto
“For four editions and more than a decade, its concise, intelligent, insightful introduction to the study of leadership has made “Northouse” [Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition, SAGE, ©2007] the go-to text for students and teachers. With this book, Peter Northouse has done the same for the practice of leadership.”

Karen Hanen
"The theoretical concepts are brought to life through the readings and there's more "how to" info to actually become a better leader as opposed to just studying the theories, all of which have many, many gaps anyway. Moreover, with only 10 chapters and a CLU 11 week term, the flow of the book makes it easy to cover 1 chapter per week (no cramming). "
Lauren Williams
"This text is critical, concise, theory based, and engages students with activities."
Frank Markow
"Peter Northouse's Introduction to Leadership is an excellent text that I have used for freshman/sophomore levels classes. It contains most of the major topics from his more comprehensive Leadership: Theory and Practice but omits much of the more academiccontent that we love but freshman don't. It also has 3 excellent activities at the end of each chapter for self-reflection/ application on each topic, with abbreviated versions of many typical leadership assessments."
Journal of European Industrial Training - David Mc Guire
"This textbook is a very useful introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of leadership. The background theoretical inputs are short, snappy and relevant and designed to engage and inspire students towards further study...The interactive features are definitely the distinguishing factor of this textbook and allow readers to apply theoretical concepts to practice. With its use of questionnaires, reflective analyses, action planning worksheets and observational exercises, the textbook provides a valuable mechanism for transferring knowledge into practice."
Journal of Leadership Studies
"I found Northouse’s style of writing to be unambiguous, complex but wonderfully understandable. His writing style stoked the fires of my imagination regarding my own approach to leadership. It also made complex concepts in leadership understandable without sullying the integrity of the academic discipline of leadership or leadership praxis. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse’s book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices demonstrates Northouse’s depth and breadth of experience as an academician and consultant. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations."
Jeffrey D. Yergler
"In Northouse’s most recent publication, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices, he continues his impressive ability to render leadership theories and concepts extremely accessible. Despite the fact that this book is much lighter on theory than Northouse’s previous work, it is nonetheless better than most resources I have used in the past in addressing the personal and organizational implications of leadership in a matter-of-fact, nuts-and bolts manner. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse’s book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations. In this latest publication, he has done exactly that."
Richard A. Couto
“For four editions and more than a decade, its concise, intelligent, insightful introduction to the study of leadership has made “Northouse” [Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition, SAGE, ©2007] the go-to text for students and teachers. With this book, Peter Northouse has done the same for the practice of leadership.”
Karen Hanen
"The theoretical concepts are brought to life through the readings and there's more "how to" info to actually become a better leader as opposed to just studying the theories, all of which have many, many gaps anyway. Moreover, with only 10 chapters and a CLU 11 week term, the flow of the book makes it easy to cover 1 chapter per week (no cramming)."
Dr. Ron Cugno
"A coffee table leadership text that highlights the important leadership concepts at a reasonable price."
Joseph W. T. Pugh
“Low cost; easy to read; each chapter provides a baseline of leadership principles that can be points of departure for thoughtful classroom discussion; rich in self-assessment exercises.”
Jane Murtaugh
“The Northouse text offers students and faculty an appropriate text for a Leadership survey course. Students will greatly benefit from the text’s ability to apply the concepts of leadership to their individual lives.”
Peter Hammond
“The interactive activities bring the book to life. The clear, consistent structure facilitates navigation and supports learning.”
Leon Fraser
“The Intro to Leadership book + e Book is a winning combination. The explanation of principles is straightforward, the self-assessments are thought-provoking, and the new media tools in the e Book are stimulating”
James L. Morrison
“A must read for adapting individual strengths to enhance one’s leadership capacity”
Terry Mullins
“Northouse's advice to students on handling conflict is the most immediately practical and useable that I have encountered. This book is highly readable and engages the student immediately.”
Doctor - Ron Cugno
"A coffee table leadership text that highlights the important leadership concepts at a reasonable price. "
Barbara Collins
“I like both of Northouse's textbooks. I find the content thorough and written with clarity.”
Joseph W.T. Pugh
“Low cost; easy to read; each chapter provides a baseline of leadership principles that can be points of departure for thoughtful classroom discussion; rich in self-assessment exercises.”
Louis Rubino
“I absolutely love this book. My other favorite is Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and Practice which I use in my Graduate Leadership class.”
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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Peter G. Northouse, Ph D, is Professor Emeritus of Communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Leadership: Theory and Practice (now in its sixth edition) and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals (now in its third edition). His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. For more than 30 years, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, he is a consultant and lecturer on trends in leadership research, leadership development, and leadership education. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication education from Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Being a Leader
Defining Leadership
Global Leadership Attributes
Practicing Leadership
Summary
References
1.1 Conceptualizing Leadership Questionnaire
1.2 Observational Exercise
1.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
2. Recognizing Your Traits
Historical Leaders: What Traits Do These Leaders Display?
Leadership Studies: What Traits Do Effective Leaders Exhibit?
Summary
References
2.1 Leadership Traits Questionnaire
2.2 Observational Exercise
2.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
3. Recognizing Your Philosophy and Style of Leadership
What Is Your View of Human Behavior at Work
Styles of Leadership: Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire
What Is Your Style of Leadership?
Summary
References
3.1 Leadership Styles Questionnaire
3.2 Observational Exercise
3.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
4. Attending to Tasks and Relationships
What Is Your Personal Style?
What Kind of Leader Are You?
Summary
References
4.1 Task and Relationship Questionnaire
4.2 Observational Exercise
4.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
5. Developing Leadership Skills
What Are Your Core Leadership Skills?
Summary
References
5.1 Leadership Skills Questionnaire
5.2 Observational Exercise
5.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
6. Creating a Vision
What Are the Characteristics of a Vision?
How Is a Vision Articulated?
How Is a Vision Implemented?
Summary
References
6.1 Leadership Vision Questionnaire
6.2 Observational Exercise
6.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
7. Setting the Tone
Provide Structure
Clarify Norms
Build Cohesiveness
Promote Standards of Excellence
Summary
References
7.1 Setting the Tone Questionnaire
7.2 Observational Exercise
7.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
8. Listening to Out-Group Members
Who Is in the Out-Group?
Why Do Out-Groups Form?
What Is the Impact of Out-Groups?
How Should a Leader Respond to Out-Groups?
Summary
References
8.1 Responding to Members of the Out-Group Questionnaire
8.2 Observational Exercise
8.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
9. Overcoming Obstacles
Obstacle 1: Unclear Goals
Obstacle 2: Unclear Directions
Obstacle 3: Low Motivation
Obstacle 4: Complex Tasks
Obstacle 5: Simple Tasks
Obstacle 6: Low Involvement
Obstacle 7: Lack of a Challenge
Summary
References
9.1 Path-Goal Styles Questionnaire
9.2 Observational Exercise
9.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet
10. Addressing Ethics in Leadership
Ethical Leadership Is About
Ethical Leadership Is About the Character of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Actions of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Goals of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Honesty of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Power of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Values of the Leader
Summary
References
10.1 Core Values Questionnaire
10.2 Observational Exercise
10.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    Look at Leadership

    This book helped me look at myself as a leader. I had to use it for a class, but it was extremely helpful. I had to specifically look at aspects of leadership and realize how I apply them in my own style of leadership.

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    Posted August 4, 2013

    Great book

    Very easy book to read. Tons of links throughout the chapters to other sources to add to the book material.

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