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.

A Relational Perspective on Leadership and Cooperation: Why it Matters to Care and be Fair

A relational perspective on leadership and cooperation: Why it matters to care and be fair
DavidDe Cremer

We all still very much recall the tragic terror attack that took place September 11th, 2001, at the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York. This act of violence put the whole world in sorrow. However, if we were to point out one positive thing emerging from this disaster, it may well be the fact that people felt a strong sense of belonging, and consequently were very much willing to voluntarily cooperate with one another. In this process, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani played an important role. By means of his active and influential approach to this ...

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