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.

Long-Term Leadership and Project Management Leadership

Long-term leadership and project management leadership

Some leaders thrive on leading specific, discrete projects which each have a beginning, middle and end; others see organizational life as a continuous process, like an endless soap opera, albeit punctuated by short-term projects and other episodes.

Long-term leadership can also be seen as programme leadership, which encapsulates a long-term intention, with many complex interdependent aspects, many of which can be parcelled up as discrete, finite projects. Coping with the pressures of project management is particularly challenging and difficult for leaders of long-term programmes, who have the responsibility for a whole system. In previous entries we have focused on Continuity-based Leadership, Developmental-oriented Leadership, Legacy Leadership, and Tenured Leadership. Here we contrast these long-term foci with ...

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