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Key Concepts in Leadership

Key Concepts in Leadership

September 2012 | 164 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What are the main characteristics of effective leadership? How can we understand leadership today?

This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary book provides readers with a complete introduction to the essentials of leadership. Included here are accessible and insightful entries on what leadership is, how it is practiced and the relevant strengths and pitfalls. The book provides a one stop introductory guide to one of the most central and contested concepts in the social sciences.

An invaluable reference tool, it contains consistent, concise and authoritative entries on:
  • The Eight Questions of Leadership
  • The Five Minds of the Manager
  • Leadership and Psychology
  • Developmental Approaches to Leadership
  • Functional Leadership
  • Leadership Practice
This book is an indispensable guide to the central concepts of leadership for professionals and students alike.

How to Use This Book
Introduction by the Authors
Leadership Definition, Theory and Practice
The Entries
Accommodating Leadership and Competitive Leadership
Analytical Leadership and an Intuitive, Instant Leadership Approach
Authoritative Leadership and Participative Leadership
Avoiding Leadership and Involved Leadership
Behind-the-Scenes Leadership and Leading from the Front
Broad-Based and Functional Leadership
Change-Oriented Leadership and Continuity-Based Leadership
'Chillaxed Leadership' and 'Leadaholics'
Coaching and Mentoring-Oriented Leadership and Directive, Telling-What-to-Do Leadership
Colleague-Leading and Leading Prima Donnas
'Company-Branded' and 'Individually Branded' Leadership
Compromising Leadership and Co-Operative Leadership
Developmental-Oriented Leadership and Job-Hopping Leadership
Diversity Leadership and Leading Homogeneity
Eastern-Style and Western-Style Leadership: Contrasting and Converging National Cultures
Employee Leading and Volunteer Leading
EQ-Oriented Leadership and IQ-Oriented Leadership
Expert and Generalist Leadership
Extrovert and Introvert Leadership
Finance-Oriented Leadership and Marketing-Oriented Leadership
Global Leadership and Worldly Leadership
Goal-Oriented and Opportunistic Leadership
'Here and Now' Leadership and Legacy Leadership
HR-Oriented Leadership and Production-Oriented Leadership
Implementer Leadership and Shaper-Driver Leadership
Individualistic Leadership and Relationship-Oriented Leadership
Inspirational and Low-Key Leadership
Interim Leadership and Tenured Leadership
Knee-Jerk Leadership and Reflective Leadership
Long-Term Leadership and Project Management Leadership
Macro and Micro-Leadership
Nurturing Leadership and Toxic Leadership
Pragmatic and Principles-Driven Leadership
Concept Index
Name Index

'Key Concepts in Leadership is an essential addition to available books on leadership. Its interdisciplinary approach, easy to read, easy to use style, while still being grounded in leadership studies, sets this book apart. It is a one-stop shop for essential concepts in leadership and will be an essential book for managers and leaders from all walks of life. Key Concepts in Leadership provides balanced insights, discussion and a wealth of information around one of the most important topics in the world today, leadership' -
Prof. Dr. Danica Purg
President IEDC-Bled School of Management

'This is not your ordinary leadership book! Gosling and colleagues provide a fascinating and brilliant new way to look at leadership that distills a century of research into an easily accessible and inherently relevant compilation of leadership styles. This volume includes the classics, such as authoritarian and participative leadership, as well as styles uniquely the authors' own, like the "chillaxed" and the "leadaholic"'
Mary Uhl-Bien, Co-Director
Institute for Innovative Leadership, College of Business Administration, US

'The idea behind this book is to present readers with an opportunity to reflect upon the different approaches to and ways of thinking about being a leader. Each leadership style is contrasted with its alternative and in the process the reader is drawn into the relevant literature and into a consideration of real leaders' experiences. This is a highly original and extremely illuminating way of introducing the field of leadership studies and encouraging people to ponder their own approach to leadership. Anyone with an interest in this field and who is drawn into a leadership role should read this book as soon as possible'
Alan Bryman
Professor of Organisational and Social Research, School of Management, University of Leicester, UK

relevant material in introducing the main concepts and theories of leradership and management

Dr Azwa Shamsuddin
School of Health & Social Care , Edinburgh Napier University
February 16, 2023

Due to the students different learning styles and additional learning needs we have adopted a selection of books for the students to select a preference. I have shared these with our library.

Ms Sara Hawkins
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University
July 21, 2023

A great book for students to grasp the key concepts in Leadership

Ms Marilia Angove
Glamorgan Business School, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
June 4, 2019

A good general text for grasping concepts and theories

Mrs Ann-marie Steele
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
September 15, 2016

easy to read and well referenced.

Ms carol-anne westwell
Nursing & Midwifery, Bangor University
March 8, 2016

A recommended book that outlines the key concepts of leadership in a clear and concise manner. An excellent quick reference text for students on critical leadership issues

Mrs Samara Farook
Training, Meridian Centre
October 1, 2015

This text provides a good overview of leadership and assists students to develop their understanding of leadership in practice regardless of their role.

Mrs Isabella Quinn
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
February 18, 2015

This is a very useful book for looking at contemporary trends in leadership theory. I found the short focused chapters that were often pragmatic a refreshing change from the more traditional textbooks on leadership.

Sport, Physical Education & Leisure, University of St Mark & St John
December 10, 2014

Good background reading on key leadership roles. Chapter 9 is particularly useful in exploring 'Knee jerk leadership and reflective leadership' for the community leader practictitioner

Dr Isobel Hawthorne-Steele
Dept of Sociology & Appl'd Soc Studies, Ulster Univ.
May 29, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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