Leadership: Theory and Practice / Edition 6

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Overview

Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities worldwide, the market-leading text owes its success to the unique way in which it combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and practical exercises that help students apply what they learn. Each chapter of Peter Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and Practice follows a consistent format, allowing students to contrast the various theories, and three case studies in each chapter provide practical examples of each theory or trait discussed. The Sixth Edition adds an important new chapter on Servant Leadership.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Oris Guillaume
What a great resource!Great book - Great case studies for the students - Easy to use. My students find this book very sharpened and readable. I describe this book as a pinch of background of what leadership is. This book is one of the rare book that presents Servant leadership in a new form for both instructors and students.
Paul W. Decker
A seminal work; a keeper!
Tom Taylor
It provides a comprehensive and concise coverage of many leadership approaches. This text has the best on-line support for instructors and students I have ever seen.
Meera Alagaraja
“This is a great textbook that provides the foundational theories of leadership. The book achieves a critical balance of providing scholarly research and practitioner perspectives. Case studies, class activities and leadership surveys provide an integrative perspective of individual, team and organizational leadership styles and practices”
Meera Alagaraja
“This is a great textbook that provides the foundational theories of leadership. The book achieves a critical balance of providing scholarly research and practitioner perspectives. Case studies, class activities and leadership surveys provide an integrative perspective of individual, team and organizational leadership styles and practices”
Doctor - Oris Guillaume
What a great resource!Great book - Great case studies for the students - Easy to use. My students find this book very sharpened and readable. I describe this book as a pinch of background of what leadership is. This book is one of the rare book that presents Servant leadership in a new form for both instructors and students.
Doctor - Thomas E. Matthews
"Northouse's third edition of Leadership: Theory and Practice is one of the clearest presentations of the major theories and concepts of leadership available in print anywhere. It should be required reading for every leadership program. "
Roger Smitter
"The third edition of Leadership by Northouse provides students with a powerful introduction to the strengths and limits of the social science strand of research in leadership. It provides application for undergraduates while for graduate students, it provides the context needed to plunge into reading research and developing research questions. At the same time, the book raises significant questions about the link between leadership and ethics and values. "
Ronald E. Riggio
"Peter Northouse has produced a leadership textbook that is accessible to students, but solidly grounded in theory and research. He avoids the ‘trap’ of making leadership appear too easy or trite, keeping his book serious and scholarly, but still interesting and enjoyable to read. I would feel confident that a student assigned Leadership: Theory and Practice is getting a sound introduction to the field. "
Lynn Hertrick Leavitt
"I have used Leadership: Theory and Practice for the past four years as the primary text for an undergraduate leadership course that I teach. The comprehensive nature of the chapters, critiques, exercises, self-assessment instruments, and case studies make it very user-friendly for students and faculty. "
Christine D. Townsend
"In his Third Edition, Northouse continues to update and enhance his leadership book. As a textbook for college students, the author provides an outstanding bridge between the research developments and the practical uses for leadership theory. His case study examples are contemporary, intriguing, and enticing to students and teachers who seek enhancement to their study of leadership. "
The Bookwatch
"Leadership, Theory and Practice is very highly recommended — whether for both academic study concerning leadership behavior and concrete, or for practical use by any aspiring or practicing leader in the business community today. "
Dr.Thomas E. Matthews
"Northouse's third edition of Leadership: Theory and Practice is one of the clearest presentations of the major theories and concepts of leadership available in print anywhere. It should be required reading for every leadership program. "
Bryan Ginter
User-friendly theory for students and teachers. Well-structured, clear, and crisp.
Derrick B. Barbee
"It is an excellent primer on the history and fundamental notions of leadership. I am particularly impressed with the presentation of many different types of leadership, the newest forms of leadership, and the case studies."
Bonnie M. Beyer
"A 'must have' comprehensive presentation of leadership theories from historical to contemporary views. An invaluable resource for students and scholars."
James Dittmar
An affordable text with good coverage of leadership theory and concepts.
Beth Birmingham
Great baseline leadership theories from which to explore more recent research and context-specific discussions of theories. Good case studies for students to work through.
Daniel Simone
Northhouse explains the various leadership theories in understandable bite-size concepts and provides examples to support the explanations. The students actually enjoy the lessons. The study of leadership can be a difficult concept to explain. By theorizing about observed phenomena, we can make predictions that can be tested in the real world as well as in more controlled settings. Northhouse provides this procedure.
Linda Kuk
I liked the summary of leadership theory it provides. It is very good overview that is easy to read and understand. There is nothing like this specifically related to higher education.
Patsy Cornelius
The Northouse text offers relevant material pertaining to leadership which can be utilized by any discipline. The case studies at the end of each chapter are priceless.
Keith Fulthorp
Great survey text of leadership theory, with leadership inventories connected to each theory presented.
Edward L. Bouie
The Northouse book presents a comprehensive view of leadership and the theories associated with leadership behavior. This is an outstanding text to use with a graduate-level leadership course.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452203409
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2012
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 27,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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
Special Features
Audience
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2.Trait Approach
3. Skills Approach
4. Style Approach
5. Situational Approach
6. Contingency Theory
7. Path–Goal Theory
8. Leader–Member Exchange Theory
9. Transformational Leadership
10. Servant Leadership
11. Authentic Leadership
12. Team Leadership
13. Psychodynamic Approach
14. Women and Leadership
15. Culture and Leadership
16. Leadership Ethics
Summary
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author
About the Contributors

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Leadership - Peter G. Northouse - Sage Publications

    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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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Good read

    Good read for anyone interested in leadership.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

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    Leadership: Theory and Practice

    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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