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.

Interim Leadership and Tenured Leadership

Interim leadership and tenured leadership

Many leaders, especially after a long corporate career, like short-term leadership assignments; others would much prefer to be permanently engaged in one job in one company.

Interim managers or ‘executive temps’ are leaders brought in by organizations to solve particular problems or issues, usually for six months or a year at a time. They are not permanent employees but work full-time for the company, probably paid on a daily rate, contracted independently or through an executive temping agency or interim management services provider. Such appointments are made by a parent company to help a subsidiary in distress, often by private equity investors for a specific purpose, such as change management, mergers and acquisitions, redundancies, start-ups and new branch-openings.

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