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.

Knee-Jerk Leadership and Reflective Leadership

Knee-jerk leadership and reflective leadership

Getting on with the job with ‘no time to stand and stare’ is favoured by many leaders, especially in a fast-paced environment; others prefer to take time out and assess what is happening to themselves and those around them – on a regular basis.

Here we contrast an approach that is dominated by immediate reactions to events with a more mindful approach, aware of the choices one is making and thinking about the implications and what can be learned from these. First of all, we ask what reflective leadership is all about, and then consider the diametrically opposite style. Reflective leadership is:

  • attending to and noticing differences to identify subtle issues and communicate them clearly to others;
  • reflecting on ...
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