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.

Goal-Oriented Leadership and Opportunistic Leadership

Goal-oriented leadership and opportunistic leadership

Many leaders take each opportunity as it comes, always open to a new challenge; others want to achieve a specific purpose throughout their career, and a leadership role is an important step on the way.

The attitude of a leader who constantly searches for new opportunities, compared with the pursuit of a distinct overall purpose, boils down to an individual's motivations for leadership. For some it is important to have a specific purpose, which could be something they want to become (a CEO, wealthy, a knight of the realm, etc.) or something they want to contribute (a safer society, affordable pensions, a great corporation, etc.). On the way to this goal they might follow planned steps, or ...

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