Leadership: Theory and Practice / Edition 6

Leadership: Theory and Practice / Edition 6

by Peter G. Northouse
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Leadership: Theory and Practice / Edition 6

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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ISBN-13: 9781452203409
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 286,225
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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."