A Collective Biography of Twelve World-class Leaders: A Study on Developing Exemplary Leaders

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University Press of America, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 87 pages
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This collective biography on twelve world-class leaders provides timeless principles on how families as well as educational, civic, religious, and military organizations, can facilitate the development of exemplary leaders. The biographies and autobiographies of great leaders reveal the importance of an involved parent, happy childhood, plethora of "apprenticeships," rich formal and informal education, a steady stream of prodigious patrons, gracious critics, and a favorable fate.
In addition to biographical data, this study synthesizes the various trends in leadership studies to develop a comprehensive model. A coherent theory on leadership has been elusive because scholars have focused on specific parts of leadership without recognition of the whole. The biographical data and synthesis of various leadership theories demonstrates that leaders share similar story lines in their development. The seven identified influences and the three stages of leadership development outlined in the book illustrate themes necessary for true leadership qualities to emerge within an individual. This book is intended for anyone interested in developing exceptional leaders.
 

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Contents

An Overview
1
Synthesis of the Trends
5
New Approach
7
An Additional Method of Inquiry for Leadership Studies
12
Methodology
15
Sample Selection
22
Seven Influences
27
A Happy Childhood
31
Prodigious Patrons
41
Critics and Adversaries
51
ApprenticeshipsSequences of Success
54
Favorable Fate
60
Conclusions
65
Sample EMail
75
Categories of Influences and Their Respective Dimensions
76
References
79

Formal and Informal Education
33

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About the author (2005)

John R. Shoup is Associate Dean of the Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University. Professor Shoup holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

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