Practical Leadership Strategies: Lessons from the World of Professional Baseball / Edition 3

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Literature on leadership often fails to include a clear connection between theory and practice. This book details characteristics and behaviors manifested by effective leaders and discusses how their behavior was informed by leadership theory. Robert H. Palestini describes the leadership practice of professional baseball coaches as a way to illustrate situational leadership theory, offering the reader examples of leadership behavior in the four leadership frames suggested by Bolman and Deal's situational leadership theory. This book demonstrates how someone can become a very effective leader in both his personal and professional life.

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Editorial Reviews

John Lord
Palestini has been my colleague at Saint Joseph's University for over twenty years, and I can attest to the validity of the leadership strategies he espouses in this latest book profiling the effective leadeship behavior of ten outstanding professional baseball managers. Having served as manager of an American Legion team and having personal relationships with such baseball luminaries as Bill Giles, part owner and chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, and Jerry Hunsicker, vice president of the Tampa Bay Rays and former general manager of the Houston Astros, I have observed firsthand how the leadership theories in Palestini's book can be placed into effective practice. The leadership strategies that he suggests will be of value to leaders and aspiring leaders in all walks of life.
Thomas Wynne
Leadership skills are vital to success in all walks of life. Palestini captures this theory and puts it into practice in his new book. Whether you're a teacher, coach, manager, or someone striving for success, this book will start you thinking.
Terrance Furin
Palestini continues to excite educational leaders with his insightful approaches to educational leadership that help close the gap between theory and practice. His third book in his currrent leadership series demonstrates how the use of situational leadership theory by ten successful baseball managers has contributed to their effectiveness. These same leadership principles can be applied to anyone's leadership behavior whether it's as a parent, a school principal, or a business person. As a longtime colleague of Palestini's, I have seen these principles exemplified in his own leadership style. This book is sure to be a valuable addition to any leader's library!
H. Edward Hanway
Palestini's practical approach to leadeship, based on behavioral profiles of baseball managers, provides valuable insights for leaders in all walks of life. Palestini offers important practical lessons in leadership that he has observed in others and practiced himself as the coach and teacher I personally learned from in high school.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607090267
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Palestini is graduate dean emeritus and professor of education at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and founding executive director of the Educational Leadership Institute and Center for Catholic Urban Education at Saint Joseph's University. He has spent almost fifty years in various leadership positions and has written more than ten books on various aspects of leadership.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jamie Moyer vii

1 Contemporary Leadership Theory 1

2 Leading with Heart 21

3 Walter Alston 45

4 Sparky Anderson 59

5 Leo Durocher 75

6 Tony La Russa 93

7 Tommy Lasorda 107

8 Billy Martin 125

9 Frank Robinson 145

10 Casey Stengel 159

11 Joe Torre 175

11 Earl Weaver 187

13 Leadership Lessons Learned 199

References 207

Appendix: The Heart Smart Organizational Diagnosis Model 211

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