What are the main characteristics of effective leadership? How can we understand leadership today?

This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary book provides readers with a complete introduction to the essentials of leadership. Included here are accessible and insightful entries on what leadership is, how it is practiced and the relevant strengths and pitfalls. The book provides a one stop introductory guide to one of the most central and contested concepts in the social sciences.

An invaluable reference tool, it contains consistent, concise and authoritative entries on: The Eight Questions of Leadership; The Five Minds of the Manager; Leadership and Psychology; Developmental Approaches to Leadership; Functional Leadership; Leadership Practice

This book is an indispensable guide to the central concepts of leadership for professionals and students alike.

Accommodating Leadership and Competitive Leadership

Accommodating leadership and competitive leadership

The difference here is between finding a way to please everyone else, or needing to win every battle (and seeing every interaction as a battle to win!).

Leaders face conflicts. This goes with the territory. Successful leaders have to develop skills in conflict resolution to be successful. Few leaders, if any, are able to lead without encountering some level of conflict between (or within) themselves, team members, differing goals and aspirations, and so on. One of the greatest dilemmas is between competitive and accommodating styles of leaders and followers – because the competitive style of leader wants to win, whilst the accommodating leader is prepared to lose in the interests of building harmony, and strengthening relationships and ...

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