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.

‘Chillaxed Leadership’ and ‘Leadaholics’

‘Chillaxed leadership’ and ‘leadaholics’

For some, leading is a drug, and they feel themselves truly alive only when in the hot seat. Others value being able to slip in and out of their leadership roles, and value balance with other aspects of life.

Live to lead, or lead to live? The question of balance is central to leadership practice, particularly in high-profile, high-pressure situations. Many leaders have a propensity to be workaholics, focused primarily (if not solely) on their work activities. Other equally successful leaders seem to be less attached to their leadership roles. In this entry we discuss issues surrounding balance and focus in leadership.

One approach is to consider the relationship between a leader's public and private lives. Many consider the personal ...

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