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.

Pragmatic Leadership and Principles-Driven Leadership

Pragmatic leadership and principles-driven leadership

Leading for the betterment of others has become a mission for many contemporary leaders; others consider that ‘the business of business is business’.

The future for leadership and leadership development arguably now lies as much in valuing and developing ethical, moral and socially responsible leadership as in meeting narrow project objectives and maximizing profit margins. Leaders are challenged to respond to pressures to be green and sustainable in the midst of an economic recession. Following a strict ethical code in leading an organization has become more and more of an active, explicit requirement since the business world has been rocked by massive corporate scandals, such as Enron, WorldCom and the sub-prime mortgage crisis. ‘Corporate governance’ and ‘corporate social ...

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