Leadership: Theory and Practice / Edition 3

Leadership: Theory and Practice / Edition 3

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by Peter G. Northouse
     
 

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ISBN-10: 076192566X

ISBN-13: 9780761925668

Pub. Date: 06/28/2003

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The text, updated with new research sources, models, and case studies to keep current with the popular field, provides a description and application of many approaches to leadership, with an emphasis on how theory can inform practice. Chapters describe each theory, then explain how it can be used in real situations. New to the latest edition is a chapter titled

Overview

The text, updated with new research sources, models, and case studies to keep current with the popular field, provides a description and application of many approaches to leadership, with an emphasis on how theory can inform practice. Chapters describe each theory, then explain how it can be used in real situations. New to the latest edition is a chapter titled "Skills Approach" that focuses on the basic competencies leaders need to perform well: problem-solving skills, social judgment skills, and knowledge. The author teaches communications at Western Michigan U. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9780761925668
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents


Preface                                            xiiiAcknowledgments                                    xvii   Introduction                                     1   Trait Approach                                   13   Style Approach                                   32   Situational Approach                             53   Contingency Theory                               74   Path-Goal Theory                                 88   Leader-Member Exchange Theory                    109   Transformational Leadership                      130   Team Leadership Theory                           159   Psychodynamic Approach                           184   Women and Leadership                             204   Popular Approaches to Leadership                 239 Author Index                                       261 Subject Index                                      264 About the Author                                   271 About the Contributors                             273 

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Leadership 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
cLm38 More than 1 year ago
Excelent excelent resource. Well written. Supported with research. Solid content, theories, models, and case studies. Well organized and summarized. Good book to use in studing the foundations of leadership. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend. Five Stars *****
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BookDilettante More than 1 year ago
Good read for anyone interested in leadership.
Christian-Stadtlander-PhD More than 1 year ago
Choosing a book about "leadership" is not an easy task. The reason is that there are literally thousands of books written about various aspects of leadership. Peter G. Northouse's book allows the reader to get acquainted with several leadership theories described in the research literature. He also offers instruments (sometimes called inventories) for self-assessment as well as numerous case studies to practice applications to these theories. In the introduction chapter, Northouse briefly describes and contrasts different leadership theories. For example, he discusses leadership as a trait versus leadership as a process; assigned leadership versus emergent leadership; types and bases of power in leadership; and differences and overlaps between management and leadership. He develops the following definition: "Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal." In the following chapters, Northouse describes selected approaches to leadership and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. He talks about the trait approach (i.e., traits such as intelligence, self-confidence, determination, integrity, etc.), the skills approach (e.g., technical, human, and conceptual skills), the style approach (e.g., task- and relationship behaviors), and the situational approach (i.e., different situations demand different kinds of leadership). He also describes leadership theories that deal with issues of contingency (i.e., an attempt to "match" leaders to appropriate situations), path-and-goal (i.e., how leaders can motivate followers to accomplish a set goal), and leader-member exchanges (i.e., an examination of the interactions between leaders and followers). There are also chapters on transformational leadership (i.e., leaders are discussed as so-called "change agents" who can transform people and organizations), team leadership (i.e., an examination of the role of leaders in organizational groups and teams), and the role of gender in leadership (with a special focus on women), as well as the psychodynamic approach to leadership (i.e., an assessment of the personality types of leaders and followers). Finally, Northouse provides a chapter about the broad range of different viewpoints and consequences of leadership (i.e., an evaluation of leadership ethics and moral decision making). What keeps the value of Northouse's leadership book high over time is the fact that he periodically updates his book and adds new chapters. For example, the fourth edition (2007) contains a new chapter on "Culture and Leadership" and the fifth edition (2009) a new chapter on "Authentic Leadership." The upcoming sixth edition (to be published in 2012) is announced to contain a new chapter on "Servant Leadership." I found Northouse's book to be exceptionally well prepared in style, presentation, and illustration. It is a comprehensive text and, yet, very user-friendly. I used this book in higher education in a university setting, but I believe it is also well suited for training purposes in many other settings. I would like to highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the various theories of leadership and who also likes to practice them immediately through case studies and self-assessment questionnaires.
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Good tools--charts (for visual learners) and theories for analytical and practical use. Solid read for Master's program. Will keep the book for reference in my public school leadership work. I have shared some material with my spouse who works at a local college in student affairs.
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Lolzy More than 1 year ago
Northouse writes engagingly and clearly and presents an excellent primer on managerial leadership. The book covers all the main elements needed to gain an understanding of the topic as well as the general progress of leadership theories and their application in a managerial context. Each Chapter is dedicated to an approach starting with the Trait Approach in chapter 2 (after an introduction to leadership in chapter 1) and culminating with Contingency theory. All the chapters are organized in a consistent and logical manner starting with (1) a description of the theory; (2) how does it work; (3) its strengths; (4) weaknesses; (5) applications and then some (6) case studies. This makes Northouse's treatment very straightforward and combined with his writing style, both an enjoyable and educational read. However, while this book is probably the best introduction to the topic, readers looking for more in-depth information or a more academic treatment would probably be better serve with Yukl's "Leadership in Organizations."