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.

Inspirational Leadership and Low-Key Leadership

Inspirational leadership and low-key leadership

Some leaders have the flair and charisma to excite their followers; but this is not the only way of leading, and a more modest and even pedestrian approach can be just as effective.

Here we are talking about the colourful and attractive leader who paints a picture of an appealing future, compared with the leader who is much more low-key. Is leadership about winning hearts and minds or just getting the job done? Leadership is ideally both being inspirational and getting results – and there can be low-key ways of getting results, too. Inspiration makes people come to life and works best when the leader is enthused about a cause or goal: ‘you can't inspire others if ...

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