Leadership: Theory and Practice

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Peter G. Northouse
SAGE, 2010 - Business & Economics - 435 pages
27 Reviews
Now with new coverage of authentic leadership and servant leadership, the Fifth Edition of Peter Northouse's Leadership remains the market-leading survey text for leadership courses across disciplines.

The new edition combines an academically robust account of major theories, approaches, models, and themes of leadership with an accessible style and numerous practical exercises to allow students to apply what they learn about leadership both to themselves and to specific contexts and situations.

Features and Benefits:

- Breadth of theory coverage is substantial yet synthesized in such a way as to leave room for specific application and greater discussion of discipline or program-specific issues.

- Numerous, contemporary case studies supplement each major theory or topic to allow students to apply leadership concepts to specific scenarios.

- Leadership instruments and questionnaires provide effective reflection opportunities and often add a a significant and immediate reality check to the theory presented.

- The chapter on Women and Leadership is expanded to broader diversity issues.

- The enhanced Instructor's Resources CD offers more test items, new cases, and access to academic journal articles, organized by topic and/or discipline.

- A new accompanying Study Site featuring additional topics, exercises, projects, cases, chapter summaries, video clips, and social networking tools encourages active participation and learning among groups inside or outside the classroom.


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Easy to read, for a textbook. - Goodreads
This is a very good introduction to leadership. - Goodreads
A good basic introduction to leadership theory. - Goodreads
Gave a good overview of a variety of theories. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Caline - Goodreads

Easy to read, for a textbook. Gave a good overview of a variety of theories. My criticism is that some of the strengths & criticisms in the book were reaching a little. But, if you have some sense, you can see these easily. Read full review

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User Review  - Megan Bond - Goodreads

Easy to read and understand, very unbiased, and explains numerous different views and theories about leadership instead of just one method. Read full review


Trait Approach
Skills Approach
Style Approach
Situational Approach
Contingency Theory
PathGoal Theory
LeaderMember Exchange Theory
Transformational Leadership
Team Leadership
Psychodynamic Approach
Women and Leadership
Culture and Leadership
Leadership Ethics
Author Index
Subject Index
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Authentic Leadership

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About the author (2010)

Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D, is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 30 years, he has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, Second Edition and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals, Third Edition. His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication education from Michigan State University.

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