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.

Analytical Leadership and an Intuitive, Instant Leadership Approach

Analytical Leadership and an Intuitive, Instant Leadership Approach

Analytical leadership and an intuitive, instant leadership approach

Detailed organization charts and an emphasis on planning characterize the approach of several leaders; by contrast, others ‘fly by the seat of their pants’.

Closely related to Involved Leadership and Reflective Leadership (see Avoiding Leadership and Involved Leadership, Knee-jerk Leadership and Reflective Leadership) is the issue of analysis and structure. What does it mean to be analytical in your leadership practice, particularly as compared to being more intuitive in your leadership practice? Analytical leadership involves:

  • Making a systematic decomposition of activities to understand how they add up. Does it make sense? Why are we doing this?
  • Interpreting events and working out the relationships between them. Why are they happening? Does this mean that ...
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