Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice

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Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice

Format:  Paperback,

267 pages

Publisher: Sage Pubns

Publish Date: Apr 2011

ISBN-13: 9781412989527

ISBN-10: 1412989523

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Providing practical strategies for becoming a better leader, this bestselling book includes interactive elements to help students apply leadership concepts to their own lives. The book examines one quality of leadership per chapter, enabling students to apply concepts and skills to their leadership development. It providesself-assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheetsin each chapter. A new chapter on handling conflicthas been added to the Second Edition, giving a multi-faceted view of conflict and methods for resolving conflict in leadership situations. Case studies have been added to the end of each chapter, including more global examples, and followed by questions to stimulate class discussion.

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Publisher: Sage Pubns
Publish Date: Apr 2011
ISBN-13: 9781412989527
ISBN-10: 1412989523
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 267
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.5 x 0.5

Chapter outline

Preface
Being a Leader
Defining Leadership
Global Leadership Attributes
Practicing Leadership
Conceptualizing Leadership Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Recognizing Your Traits
Historical Leaders: What Traits Do These Leaders Display?
Leadership Studies: What Traits Do Effective Leaders Exhibit?
Leadership Traits Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Recognizing Your Philosophy and Style of Leadership
What Is Your View of Human Behavior at Work?
Styles of Leadership: Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire
Box 3.1 Leadership on the Silver Screen
What Is Your Style of Leadership?
Leadership Styles Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Attending to Tasks and Relationships
What Is Your Personal Style?
What Kind of Leader Are You?
Task and Relationship Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Developing Leadership Skills
What Are Your Core Leadership Skills?
Leadership Skills Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflections and Action Worksheet
Creating a Vision
What Are the Characteristics of a Vision?
How Is a Vision Articulated?
How Is a Vision Implemented?
Leadership Vision Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Setting the Tone
Provide Structure
Clarify Norms
Build Cohesiveness
Promote Standards of Excellence
Setting the Tone Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Listening to Out-Group Members
Who Is in the Out-Group?
Why Do Out-Groups Form?
What Is the Impact of Out-Groups?
How Should a Leader Respond to Out-Groups?
Responding to Members of the Out-Group Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflections and Action Worksheet
Handling Conflict
Conflict Defined
Communication and Conflict
Kinds of Conflict
Fisher and Ury Approach to Conflict
Communication Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Styles of Approaching Conflict
Conflict Style Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Overcoming Obstacles
Obstacle 1: Unclear Goals
Obstacle 2: Unclear Directions
Obstacle 3: Low Motivation
Obstacle 4: Complex Tasks
Obstacle 5: Simple Tasks
Obstacle 6: Low Involvement
Obstacle 7: Lack of a Challenge
Path-Goal Styles Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Addressing Ethics in Leadership
Ethical Leadership Is About the Character of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Actions of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Goals of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Honesty of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Power of the Leader
Ethical Leadership Is About the Values of the Leader
Core Values Questionnaire
Observational Exercise
Reflection and Action Worksheet
Questionnaires

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Providing practical strategies for becoming a better leader, this bestselling book includes interactive elements to help students apply leadership concepts to their own lives. The book examines one quality of leadership per chapter, enabling students to apply concepts and skills to their leadership development. It providesself-assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheetsin each chapter. A new chapter on handling conflicthas been added to the Second Edition, giving a multi-faceted view of conflict and methods for resolving conflict in leadership situations. Case studies have been added to the end of each chapter, including more global examples, and followed by questions to stimulate class discussion.

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