Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times: Modeling the Public Career of George C. Marshall

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Lexington Books, Jun 16, 2009 - Political Science - 344 pages
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In Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times, leadership and organizational theory are blended with early 20th Century history to model public leadership that is both monumentally effective and classically ethical. What is leadership? What makes leadership good or bad? To answer these questions, Gerald M. Pops draws on the multi-faceted career of George C. Marshall as an extended case study, focusing on the timely subject of leadership in public service.

The dominating traits of Marshall's career were his character, virtues, and ethical practices in two world wars, his efforts to keep the peace and promote economic recovery following World War II, his style of management, and his approach to international diplomacy and nation-building. Pops shows how Marshall's leadership was unique, given the ethical qualities displayed in his character and instilled in the organizations he led. All of these are examined in the context of his long career, and related to an abundant body of leadership theory, in order to successfully present Marshall as an effective public leader not only of the military and political realms, but of business and society as well. This makes the book ideal for students and scholars in the fields of political science, public administration, and the burgeoning field of leadership studies. It is also a fascinating read for all those with a love of twentieth century and military history.
 

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Contents

The Search for Ideal Leadership
1
Growth of a Leader
17
Core Ethical Attributes of Leadership
51
Additional Ethical Attributes
69
Dark Passage Preparing the Nation for War
91
Organizer of Victory
111
Statesman
135
Organizational Philosophy and Management Style
167
Leading Others
233
Democracy and Bureaucracy
263
Leadership Lessons Enduring Issues and Renewable Legacies
283
Appendix A
307
Bibliography
311
Index
319
About The Author
341
Copyright

Marshall and Reorganization
203

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Gerald M. Pops is professor in the graduate master of public administration degree program at West Virginia University. He is the author ofEmergence of the Public Sector Arbitrator andThe Case for Justice: Strengthening Decision Making and Policy in Public Administration and co-author of .Applying Standards and Ethics in the 21st Century.

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