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.

Crossing Political and Social Contexts

Crossing political and social contexts


Social and political contexts have a symbiotic relationship in the implementation of social change. Some movements require more political action to achieve results than others, as the examples illustrate in Chapter 8. When nonconstituted leaders and participants pursue social change with the intent of influencing political action, these movements are designated sociopolitical (Tucker, 1995, pp. 75–76). The intent of actors in these sociopolitical movements is to institutionalize social change—in some cases by replacing one group of political actors with another to pursue the politics of change and in others by influencing the enactment of public policy in support of the movement's aims. For instance, the early civil rights movement, the disability movement, and the women's movement ...

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