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Leadership and associated power issues lie at the core of group life in a variety of contexts. Even the most informal of groups typically have some form of leadership in their organization, and the understanding of leadership and power from a psychological standpoint can inform a greater understanding of group dynamics both inside and outside of the workplace. Leadership and Power is a synthesis of contributions from eminent social psychologists and organizational scientists that addresses these issues from a fresh perspective. In recent years, these themes have been re-examined through the lens of social categorization approaches that highlight people's social identity and social roles as group members, as well as the processes that influence perceptions of and expectations about people and groups. The book is wide-ranging; chapters cover such diverse issues as: interpersonal versus group-oriented styles of leadership; leadership of totalist groups; political leadership; and gender and leadership. It represents a state-of-the-art overview of this burgeoning field that will be important to a host of disciplines. Elements of cross-referencing to highlight thematic links as well as effective chapter conclusions will make the text appealing to advanced students taking courses in social and organizational psychology, management and organization studies, not just scholars interested in these themes.

Identity, Leadership, and Power: Preface and Introduction
Identity, leadership, and power: Preface and introduction
DaanVan KnippenbergMichael A.Hogg

The study of leadership and power has always been a core concern for the social and behavioral sciences. Leadership is inextricably tied to group membership. Studying leadership therefore inevitably leads to questions concerning the social psychology of leadership. Somewhat surprisingly however, for several decades leadership research has held a very modest position within social psychology. Recently all this has changed, and leadership and power have re-emerged as important research themes in social psychology. These recent developments have been paralleled by, and fed into, developments in leadership research in the organizational sciences. This reinvigorated interest does not just pick up where earlier social psychological research left off, but approaches leadership and ...

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