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.

Change-Oriented Leadership and Continuity-Based Leadership

Change-oriented leadership and continuity-based leadership

Some leaders thrive on constant change and a fast-paced environment; others prefer building on what works well and seeking emerging possibilities for the organization.

Leaders often have to strike a delicate balance between change and the status quo. They may be expected to be action oriented, but are also required to maintain a sense of continuity. Today leadership is often closely related to the idea that change has to be made to happen, against a background of inertia, and that leaders are particularly endowed with a desire to change, visions of new possibilities, and the skills to manage the processes of change – what used to be called change management. In fact, a change of leadership is often ...

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