The first book to bring together both leadership and change theories, concepts, and processes, Leading Change in Multiple Contexts uses a consistent framework and the latest research to help readers understand and apply the concepts and practices of leading change.

Key Features

Brings together leadership and change concepts and practices in five distinct contexts—organizational, community, political, social change, and global

Draws from a wide range of classic and recent scholarship from multiple disciplines

Includes the perspectives of change and leadership experts

Offers real-life vignettes that provide examples of leading change in every context

Provides readers with application and reflection exercises that allow them to apply leadership and change concepts to their experiences

Leading Change in Multiple Contexts is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses in Change Management, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, and Leadership and Change offered in departments of business, education, communication, and public administration, as well as programs focusing on leadership, public policy, community activism, and social change.

Community Change Context

Community change context
RichardA.Couto, SarahHippensteelHall, and MartiGoetz


Change within the community context permits the introduction of new elements into the theoretical concepts of leadership and offers a different perspective on leadership for change, such as power and empowerment. This perspective pays attention to the nature of representation and participation in change efforts. Social capital, implied in all efforts at change, is particularly relevant in the community context. Field, a concept of change discussed at some length in Chapter 7 in its application to the political context, plays an important role in the community context as well.

Community change, not unlike change in other contexts, requires information. In the community change context, change agents turn to their own resources to conduct participatory action research (PAR). This ...

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