Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice / Edition 2

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Overview

Providing practical strategies for becoming a better leader, this bestselling book includes interactive elements to help students apply leadership concepts to their own lives. The book examines one quality of leadership per chapter, enabling students to apply concepts and skills to their leadership development. It providesself-assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheetsin each chapter. A new chapter on handling conflicthas been added to the Second Edition, giving a multi-faceted view of conflict and methods for resolving conflict in leadership situations. Case studies have been added to the end of each chapter, including more global examples, and followed by questions to stimulate class discussion.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.”
Dr. Ron Cugno
"A coffee table leadership text that highlights the important leadership concepts at a reasonable price."
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. "
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.”
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412989527
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 70,607
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D, is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 20 years, he has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals (3rd ed.). His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication education from Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1. Being a Leader Defining Leadership Global Leadership Attributes Practicing Leadership
1.1 Conceptualizing Leadership Questionnaire
1.2 Observational Exercise
1.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 2. Recognizing Your Traits Historical Leaders: What Traits Do These Leaders Display?
Leadership Studies: What Traits Do Effective Leaders Exhibit?
2.1 Leadership Traits Questionnaire
2.2 Observational Exercise
2.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 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 Box 3.1 Leadership on the Silver Screen What Is Your Style of Leadership?
3.1 Leadership Styles Questionnaire
3.2 Observational Exercise
3.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 4. Attending to Tasks and Relationships What Is Your Personal Style?
What Kind of Leader Are You?
4.1 Task and Relationship Questionnaire
4.2 Observational Exercise
4.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 5. Developing Leadership Skills What Are Your Core Leadership Skills?
5.1 Leadership Skills Questionnaire
5.2 Observational Exercise
5.3 Reflections and Action Worksheet Chapter 6. Creating a Vision What Are the Characteristics of a Vision?
How Is a Vision Articulated?
How Is a Vision Implemented?
6.1 Leadership Vision Questionnaire
6.2 Observational Exercise
6.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 7. Setting the Tone Provide Structure Clarify Norms Build Cohesiveness Promote Standards of Excellence
7.1 Setting the Tone Questionnaire
7.2 Observational Exercise
7.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 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?
8.1 Responding to Members of the Out-Group Questionnaire
8.2 Observational Exercise
8.3 Reflections and Action Worksheet Chapter 9. Handling Conflict Conflict Defined Communication and Conflict Kinds of Conflict Fisher and Ury Approach to Conflict Communication Strategies for Conflict Resolution Styles of Approaching Conflict
9.1 Conflict Style Questionnaire
9.2 Observational Exercise
9.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 10. 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
10.1 Path-Goal Styles Questionnaire
10.2 Observational Exercise
10.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Chapter 11. Addressing Ethics in Leadership 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
11.1 Core Values Questionnaire
11.2 Observational Exercise
11.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet Questionnaires

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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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  • Anonymous

    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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