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.

Broad-based Leadership and Functional Leadership

Broad-based Leadership and Functional Leadership

Broad-based leadership and functional leadership

Some leaders stay close to their functional origins (e.g. finance) whilst others, with short experience of many functional areas, can rise above their silos.

Many leaders rise to leadership roles through one particular functional route. This may reflect the work specialization of their family or another formative influence, such as a school teacher, the subject they studied at university or college, and their first job. It does not always relate to the main area of interest of the particular leader, who may over time even feel burdened by his or her specialism, and wish he or she had never chosen it to start with! A functional specialization can take a hold on the incumbent in terms of ...

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