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.

Individualistic and Relationship-Oriented Leadership

Individualistic and relationship-oriented leadership

Many leaders seek to get the best out of their people by a partnership approach; others see themselves as the keystone, on whom everything depends, often clamouring for the credit and wanting to be seen to be in charge.

Relationship-oriented leadership, built on win/win relationships, is closely related to ‘engaging management’ (Gosling and Mintzberg, 2003). Having a collaborative mind-set, being on the inside, being involved, managing throughout an organization, getting things done through other people: all these tend to show that the leader appreciates value-added relationships with people. It's not just being a boss and a subordinate, but being a colleague and a partner. It's not about seeing people as resources or assets which can be moved around, bought ...

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