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.

HR-Oriented Leadership and Production-Oriented Leadership

HR-oriented leadership and production-oriented leadership

Some leaders, by preference or culture, focus on tasks more than people; others seek progress by helping people develop, focused more on a human resource-based approach.

In this entry we contrast leaders who come from a HR career versus those coming from a more production-oriented engineering background. HR professionals develop expertise in assessing talent, working out incentives and rewards, training individuals and optimizing the working relationships of teams. When they come into leadership positions they naturally seek to pursue the organization's goals by mobilizing the people they work with. On the other hand, people who have grown up through operations and production management tend to see people as factors in the process, emphasizing the ‘resource’ more than ...

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