The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Leadership provides not only an in-depth overview the current field of leadership studies, but also a map into the future debates, innovations and priorities of where the field will move to. Featuring all new chapters from a global community of leading and emerging scholars, each chapter offers a comprehensive, critical overview of an aspect of leadership, a discussion of key debates and research, and a review of the emerging issues in its area. Featuring an innovative structure divided by prepositions, this brand-new edition moves away from essentializing boundaries, and instead seeks to create synergies between different schools of leadership. A key feature of the second edition, is the attention to sensemaking (exploring the current themes, structures and ideas that comprise each topic) and sensebreaking (disrupting, critiquing and refreshing each topic). Suitable for students and researchers alike, this second edition is a critical site of reference for the study of leadership. PART 1: Between: Leadership as a social, socio-cognitive and practical phenomenon; PART 2: About: Exploring the individual and interpersonal facets of leadership; PART 3: Through: Leadership seen through contemporary frames; PART 4: Within: Leadership as a contextually bound phenomenon; and PART 5: But: A critical examination of leadership.

Process Theory Approaches to Leadership

Process Theory Approaches to Leadership

Process theory approaches to leadership
Simon Kelly


Open a leadership textbook or click on any online introductory resource and you will come across a description or definition of leadership that will look something like the following: Leadership is the process of a leader influencing followers towards the achievement of a common goal. There are many different variations on this theme, but some essential ingredients persist. Chief among these ingredients is some causal relationship between ‘leaders', ‘followers’ and ‘goals'. Whether the focus of a study is on the traits and character of a leader figure (Kirkpatrick & Locke, 1991; Zaccaro, 2007), the styles, behaviours or skills of that leader figure (Northouse, 2015), a leader's charisma (Avolio & ...

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