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Theory and Practice of Leadership

Theory and Practice of Leadership

Second Edition

January 2012 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

If you are looking for a more holistic and critical take on the field of leadership, look no further! The Second Edition of this engaging and highly-respected text offers an exploration of leadership at all levels of organization – whether that leadership is traditional or virtual, and whether the organization is corporate and non-profit.

New to this edition:

  • Refined to capture and delineate the essential theories more clearly, with broader coverage taking in the latest developments in areas such as followership, diversity, national culture, globalisation, change, politics and ethics.
  • Abundant examples and illustrations, together with detailed explanations of how they apply in practice.
  • A companion website with an Instructor's Manual with PowerPoint slides and extra case studies for lecturers and free access to full-text journal articles for students.

Theory and Practice of Leadership will prove a highly-stimulating read for undergraduate and postgraduate students of leadership and related subjects.

Praise for the First Edition:

"At last a well-written, balanced and insightful British book on leadership. It is a real tour-de-force. It is probable that every theory and assertion of consequence is commented upon. This certainly is a major text that will be difficult to follow."
- Emeritus Professor Gerry Randell, University of Bradford School of Management

"Theory and Practice of Leadership is an all encompassing, global review of examples and case studies that is both comprehensive and easily adaptable to almost any situation one would encounter in leading people."
- Richard J. Conwell, Nova Southeastern University, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship


The Nature and Importance of Leadership

Sectoral Similarities and Differences in Leadership
Leadership Theory
A Critical Review, Synthesis and Re-Definition

Leadership and Vision
Leadership and Purpose
Leadership and Values
Leadership and Strategy
Leadership and Empowerment
Leadership and Engagement
Multiple Intelligences of Leadership
The Assessment and Development of Leadership
Leadership Brand
Sustaining Leadership Excellence


This book perfectly summarizes the topics about leadership that I wanted to address in my course. The book is well designed and the language is easy to understand, especially for non-native english speakers! Thank you for this edition.

Professor Marc Roedenbeck
Business Administration , BAU International Berlin - University of Applied Sciences
August 31, 2016

a useful summary of current leadership theory and how this can be applied to develop leadership skills for undergraduate children's nurses

Mrs kathryn Higham
Nursing, University of West London
October 14, 2016

The course is not taught this year

Professor Herbert Paul
ABAC Graduate School of Business Admin, Assumption University
April 1, 2016

A very good companion to support courses and modules related to leadership with effective cases studies linked to UK practice and styles. Topic based questions which promote discussion about key theories and models. It has enabled myself and colleague to plan areas of the foundation degree module as literature presented in this text is current and valuable to practitioners in a variety of employment disciplines.

Mrs Victoria Lappin
Health , Gateshead College
April 8, 2016

Very informative and up to date, offers examples and case studies to keep the reader engaged and stimulated.

Ms carol-anne westwell
Nursing & Midwifery, Bangor University
February 4, 2016

This book is not suitable for the academic level of students, on the particular programme.

Mr Michael Kitching
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
October 4, 2015

Very useful for third year students preparing for management unit

Mrs Beryl Cooledge
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
June 8, 2015

Excellent for PhD Students

Dr Anthony Koyzis
Educational Studies , University of Nicosia
March 5, 2015

Fantastic practical explanation and discussion surrounding theory of leadership. The focus has application to leadership in the wider sense, with touches of healthcare.

Mr Matt Carey
Faculty of Health & Social Work, University of Plymouth
January 5, 2015

This book shows how to make the kind of difference that all organizations, both public and private sector, want and need. Early chapters show the powerful effect leadership can have on organizations, subsequent chapters present new ideas that are elegantly simple, conceptually coherent and radically different, based on the best research in the field. The ideas in this book have also been tested in major multinational organizations over recent years. The aim is to provide leaders and those who work with them with a practical guide to how to increase the effectiveness of leadership in any organization. Clear analysis of effective leadership and how leadership teams need to work together to be complete. The authors take us beyond 'heroic leadership' – the concepts are new, powerful and provocative. Amidst the clutter of books on leadership, this book stands out. It helps make sense of a whole range of leadership theories and integrates it all into the authors' own compelling view of what makes leaders effective.

Dr Never Muskwe
Dept of Human Resource & Marketing Mgt, Portsmouth Univ.
July 9, 2014

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