The Essence of Leadership: The Four Keys to Leading Successfully

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Lexington Books, 1999 - Business & Economics - 120 pages
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The Essence of Leadership presents a model for successful leadership that is based on real leaders rather than abstract theory. Edwin A. Locke examines the styles and methods of corporate giants and distills their common characteristics and skills into a prototype for effective leadership that any aspiring corporate or organizational leader can follow. His model is based on four elements a leader possesses: motives and personal traits; knowlege, skills and ability; vision; and the capacity to realize that vision. Locke shows how his model works in the real world by applying it to David Garvin's study of sixteen Japanese and American manufacturers of air conditioners. From these real-life examples, Locke concludes that it is indeed leadership that makes or breaks the success of a company. General readers looking for practical guidelines to effective leadership will be especially interested in this book.
 

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Contents

The Nature of Leadership
1
What Is Leadership?
2
Leadership versus Management
4
Transformational versus Transactional Leadership
5
The Leadership Model
6
What about Leadership Style?
10
Leadership Motives and Traits
13
The Core Motives
14
Formulating the Vision
53
Promoting Commitment to the Vision
57
Developing a Strategic Vision
59
Summary
61
Implementation of the Vision
63
Structuring
64
Selecting Acculturating and Training Employees
66
Motivating
69

The Core Traits
23
Summary
34
Knowledge Skills and Ability
35
Skills
37
Ability
46
Summary
47
Vision
49
Vision Statements
50
Managing Information
88
TeamBuilding
94
Summary
99
A Case Study
101
References
107
Index
113
About the Authors
119
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Edwin A. Locke is Chairman of the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Maryland's College of Business and Management. He has written over 140 books, chapters, and articles.

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