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.

Expert Leadership and Generalist Leadership

Expert leadership and generalist leadership

The source of comfort for some leaders is their expertise, knowledge, skill and focus on a particular area of business or management; other leaders could more or less manage anything they turn their hand to.

What are the issues along the continuum of generalist to expert or focused leadership? Generalist leaders are concerned with the act and process of leadership, and apply their leadership talents to a wide variety of organizational and business contexts. They are leaders first. The situation in which they are leading comes second. Expert leaders, on the other hand, rise to the top of their specialist profession (e.g. academics, engineers, artists) and gain leadership status through their unique, specific focus, knowledge and expertise, ...

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