Practice and Perspectives
Designed specifically to develop students' understanding of leadership in a variety of contexts, and assuming no prior experience of leadership in the business world, this book is a must-read for students embarking on their study of leadership, while thinking ahead to their own future employment. The book is divided into two clear parts to logically guide the reader through the key theoretical models of leadership, as well as the issues and themes that surround the subject. Part 1 examines the main theories in the field, including situational and contingency theories, behavioural models, and trait theory, while Part 2 draws on a number of different themes to add depth to the theoretical ideas discussed, such as diversity, power, and ethics. To help to interpret the key theories, the book also illustrates leadership in action using a wealth of diverse case studies, 50% of which are new for this third edition. Examples have been carefully selected to highlight the practical application of leadership theory, both in a formal business context and in everyday life, and to dispel the common misconception for students new to leadership that it is only for the 'great and good'. A broad variety of case studies are included from the world of politics, entertainment, food and sport; these include Boris Johnson, the Spice Girls, Cadbury, and Lance Armstrong. These case studies explore leadership across a variety of contexts and cultures, giving students the broad perspective they need to consider the subject critically. Pause for thought boxes and self-test questionnaires encourage students to reflect on the theories and practices they've learned about and how such concepts and issues might apply in their own approach to leadership. Together with the lively writing style, stimulating case studies, and further learning features, this allows students to fully engage with the subject and use the book as an essential tool in their leadership studies.New to this editionAdded coverage on technological developments (such as virtual treams, AI, Big Data, VR/AR) and the impact on leadership practice.Revised case studies include contemporary figures and events such as PewDiePie, Jacinda Arden, the Spice Girls and Boris Johnson.The content is now further balanced to reflect both 'good' and 'bad' leadership styles, with new coverage on the negative or 'dark side' of leadership included in chapters 2, 6 and 11.A new online test bank resource increases the variety of ways in which lecturers can assess student knowledge.This title is available as an eBook. Please contact your Sales and Learning Resource Consultant for more information.