Leadership: Theory and Practice

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SAGE, 2010 - Business & Economics - 435 pages
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Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition is the market-leading survey text for leadership courses across disciplines. Author Peter Northouse 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. The book is divided into fifteen chapters, which cover all of the key aspects in the leadership field: defining leadership; trait approaches; skills approaches; style approaches; situational approach; contingency theory; path-goal theory; leader-member exchange theory; authentic leadership; transformational leadership; team leadership; psychodynamic approach; diversity and leadership; culture and leadership, and leadership ethics. Enhancing the academic coverage are new case examples, questions for reflection, and leadership instruments and questionnaires that promote a more interactive and enriching experience for students.

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
  • New coverage of authentic leadership and servant leadership expose students to additional contemporary theories and concepts of leadership
  • The chapter on Women and Leadership is expanded to broader diversity issues, to still include gender
  • The enhanced Instructor Resources offer 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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Out of all my leadership books, this one helped the most. I still reference it. Very clear, makes no confusion, thank you Northouse.


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
About the Author

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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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