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Leadership is a popular topic. People want to know what accounts for good leadership and how to become good leaders. Despite this strong interest in leadership, few books clearly describe the complexities of practicing leadership. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice has been written to fi ll this void. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice is designed to help the reader understand how he or she can become a better leader. While the book is grounded in leadership theory, it describes the basics of leadership in an understandable and user-friendly way. Each chapter focuses on a fundamental aspect of leadership and discusses how it can be applied in real leadership situations. The text also features a full chapter and questionnaire on ethics, a particularly hot topic, and offers a unique chapter on dealing with outgroups. Perhaps the most notable features of this book are 3 interactive components included in every chapter which give the reader the means to explore leadership concepts and applications in his or her own life: Self-Assessment Questionnaire, a specially-designed tool that will help the reader determine his or her own leadership style and preferences; Observational Exercise, that guides the reader in examining behaviors of leaders from his or her life experiences; Refl ection and Action Worksheet, which stimulates the reader to refl ect upon his or her leadership style and identify actions to take to become more effective.
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"I found Northouse’s style of writing to be unambiguous, complex but wonderfully understandable. His writing style stoked the fires of my imagination regarding my own approach to leadership. It also made complex concepts in leadership understandable without sullying the integrity of the academic discipline of leadership or leadership praxis. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse’s book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices demonstrates Northouse’s depth and breadth of experience as an academician and consultant. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations."(Journal of Leadership Studies 2010-12-01)
"In Northouse’s most recent publication, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices, he continues his impressive ability to render leadership theories and concepts extremely accessible. Despite the fact that this book is much lighter on theory than Northouse’s previous work, it is nonetheless better than most resources I have used in the past in addressing the personal and organizational implications of leadership in a matter-of-fact, nuts-and bolts manner. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse’s book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations. In this latest publication, he has done exactly that."(Jeffrey D. Yergler 2009-11-06)
"The theoretical concepts are brought to life through the readings and there's more"how to" info to actually become a better leader as opposed to just studying the theories, all of which have many, many gaps anyway. Moreover, with only 10 chapters and a CLU 11 week term, the flow of the book makes it easy to cover 1 chapter per week (no cramming)."
Peter G. Northouse (Ph.D., University of Denver) is Professor of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 20 years, he has taught leadership and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the author of Leadership: Theory and Practice, (3rd ed), 2003, SAGE Publications. In addition to several book chapters, he has also published many articles in professional journals and is co-author of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals, (3rd ed.), Prentice-Hall. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health Communication. His research interests include leadership ethics, transformational leadership, and conflict resolution. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, conflict management, cancer communication, and organizational communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver, and a masters and bachelors degree in communication education from Michigan State University.
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