Leaders who Transform Society: What Drives Them and why We are Attracted (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 149 pages
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An intriguing exploration of the emotional relationship between historically significant leaders and their followers. In this wide-ranging historical exploration of transformational leadership, Popper examines why followers are influenced by leaders and what psychological dynamics exist between leaders and their subordinates, and, in the process, redefines the phenomenon of leadership. Exploring the emotional connections that bind charismatic leaders and those who support them, he contends that this multifaceted relationship is based on reciprocal need. By focusing on prominent figures throughout history who have altered the lives of their followers in profound ways, Popper shows how these leaders reinvented and disseminated value systems, for good (e.g., Nelson Mandela) and for ill (e.g., Hitler). Whether the influence of a charismatic leader is destructive and negative or constructive and positively transformative, this intriguing work argues that the reciprocal process that takes place between leader and follower is surprisingly similar. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hitler, Charles Manson, and Jim Jones, Popper defines and explores three types of leader-follower relationships: regressive relationships, which are characterized by mutual dependence; symbolic relationships, which are rooted in symbolic meaning; and developmental-transformational relationships, which permit positive moral and emotional development. The author has written widely on leadership issues. Surveys a range of leaders, whose influence was beneficial or malign.
  

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Chanced upon this book in the library and Popper's style of writing really got me onto this book even though its initial purpose was nothing more than just a reference book for my graded paper. Succinct, clear and straightforward. Many examples to substantiate his point of views which provide for greater understanding is what you can look forward to in this book:D 

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Contents

Introduction What is Leadership?
1
A Birdseye View of Leadership
13
The Leader
14
Leadership as an Expression of the Circumstances
19
Leadership as a Subjective Creation of the Followers
21
Analysis of the Main Perspectives on Leadership
25
Leadership as Relationship
35
Regressive Relationships
37
Transformational Leadership in Everyday Life
67
The Development of Transformational Leaders
83
The Motivation to Lead
85
Ability to Lead
90
Basic Components in the Ability to Lead
91
Developmental Processes of Leadership
97
Conclusion
105
Notes
119

Developmental Relationships
46
Symbolic Relationships
49
Transformational Leadership
57

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About the author (2005)

Micha Popper is Co-Director of the Center for Outstanding Leadership and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa.

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