The Nature of Leadership

The Nature of Leadership

Written by a team of leading experts in leadership studies, The Nature of Leadership provides compelling answers to the most vexing questions surrounding leadership: Is leadership measurable? Are there traits that reliably distinguish leaders from nonleaders? Does the situation matter? Are there differences in women's and men's leadership styles? Is ethical leadership effective leadership? Are elements of leadership culturally bounded whereas other elements are universal? Does vision really matter? Can leadership be developed? The new volume includes 16 chapters divided into five parts: Introduction, Leadership: Science, Nature, and Nurture; The Major Schools of Leadership; Special Topics in Leadership; and Conclusion. Topical coverage within these parts include research methods, leader and leadership development, evolutionary and biological perspectives of leadership, individual differences, situational and contingency theories, transformational, charismatic, and shared leadership, followership, gender, identity, culture, and ethics.

The Nature of Organizational Leadership

Understanding the Performance Imperatives Confronting Today's Leaders

The Nature of Organizational Leadership

The quality of an organization's top leaders is a critical influence on its overall effectiveness and continuing adaptability. Yet, little current research examines leadership within the context of organizational structure, such as how leaders influence organizational performance in those key moments when an executive's action is critical to driving the organization forward. This book represents a significant contribution to the literature of leadership, combining a contextual approach to organizational leadership with an in-depth treatment of the cognitive, social, and affective dynamics underlying that leadership. The Nature of Organizational Leadership, using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the work of scholars in both management and psychology, provides a much-need organizational perspective on the problems to confronted by top executive leaders and the requisite behaviors, attributes, and outcomes necessary to lead organizations effectively.

On the Nature of Leadership

On the Nature of Leadership

On The Nature of Leadership explores the ontological and epistemological issues associated with the study and practice of the social phenomenon we call leadership. Specifically, limitations of industrial models and of applied research in the areas of leadership, ethics, and organizational analysis are addressed, and a new approach is suggested. It is designed for scholars and students who truly wish to know what leadership is. This work portrays an evolutionary development in thought about leadership, about ethics, and about social and political processes in general.

The Nature of Leadership

Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader

The Nature of Leadership

Pointing to both successes and failures (his own as well as those of his subjects), the author describes the attributes contributed to those outcomes. Presenting the idea of succession planning being the hallmark of a great leader, here he illustrates how the best succession planning recognizes the importance of these characteristics. This book contains anecdotes from the author's own experiences, including his participation in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative action Supreme Court case, as well as lessons he learned from meeting world-famous figures like former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright and Bishop Desmond Tutu. It uses unique, approachable metaphors to describe different kinds of leadership styles. The author points to both successes and failures (his own as well as those of his subjects) and describes eloquently how mammalian, reptilian, and other attributes contributed to those outcomes. Uncommon in leadership books is the idea of visionary succession planning being a hallmark of a great leader. White illustrates how the best succession planning recognizes the importance of both mammalian and reptilian characteristics

Leadership for the Twenty-first Century

Leadership for the Twenty-first Century

This illuminating study critiques the concept of leadership as understood in the last 75 years and looks to the twenty-first century for a reconstructed understanding of leadership in the postindustrial era. More similarities in past decades were found than had been thought; the thread throughout Rost's book is that leadership was conceived of as good management. He develops a new definition and paradigm for leadership in this volume that distinguishes leadership from management in fundamental ways. The ethics of leadership from a postindustrial perspective completes the paradigm. The book concludes with suggestions that can be immediately utilized in helping to transform our understanding of leadership.

The Nature of Leadership

A Practical Approach

The Nature of Leadership


Certain Trumpets

The Nature of Leadership

Certain Trumpets

This “beautifully written and reasoned” (Booklist) narrative by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills examines what constitutes meaningful leadership, and why it is so essential to society. What makes a leader? How do we identify effective leadership, and how should—and shouldn’t—that power be used? In Certain Trumpets, Garry Wills presents portraits of eminent leaders including FDR to Ross Perot, King David, Martha Graham, and many others, offering an illuminating lens for studying society and ourselves. Dividing these portraits into sixteen leadership categories ranging from military to charismatic, intellectual, rhetorical, and elected, Wills highlights what makes each of his subjects unique, crafting along the way a distinct and incisive definition of leadership as a reciprocal engagement between two contrasting wills that serves to mobilize us toward a common good, and explaining why leadership is so often a contentious and emotionally charged subject. “A stunningly literate and thoughtful examination of what makes a leader…[and] a welcome antidote to some of the more egregious ‘management style’ drivel,” (Kirkus Reviews), Certain Trumpets is an inspiring and edifying tour through the history of an indispensable social art.

The Nature of Leadership

The Nature of Leadership

A new and unique kind of business book, "The Nature of Leadership" contains inspiring photos by Dewitt Jones combined with interviews, quotes, and narratives by bestselling authors, Dr. Stephen R. Covey and A. Roger Merrill.