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.

Macro-Leadership and Micro-Leadership

Macro-leadership and micro-leadership

Visionary, big-picture and strategic leadership styles may be contrasted with a more day-to-day and tactical approach.

Macro-leadership and micro-leadership are different levels of focus. The macro-level is more about vision, strategy and future planning whereas the micro-level is more about management of an organization's day-to-day activities. Should either focus predominate, or does excellent leadership depend on both functions being carried out simultaneously or at least sequentially? The debate is explored in many discussions, including in The Five Minds of the Manager (Gosling and Mintzberg, 2003). Management without leadership can be humdrum and boring, whilst leadership without management can be exciting but out of control.

Consider the following commonly cited characteristics of leading and managing. Leading involves:

  • creating a clear and compelling vision;
  • making major change ...
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