In this portable (5x8") supplementary text designed for advanced students, the authors "have tried to make up for the lack of visual content with our lucid prose and biting wit. " Using plain language and a minimum of academic terminology, Jackson (chair, leadership department, U. of Auckland Business School, Australia) and Parry (director, the Center for Leadership Studies, Bond U. ) emphasize the interdisciplinary and applied nature of leadership, and integrate material on doing, observing, talking, reading, and writing about leadership. A unique feature of the text is its balanced coverage of both leader-centered and follower-centered perspectives, as well as cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. Later chapters present the work of researchers who argue that conventional leadership studies tend to reinforce the status quo, and look at attempts to rehabilitate leadership in response to corporate scandals and financial crises. An appendix offers lists of popular and reference books, journals, associations, research centers, and Hollywood films that deal with leadership. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Written for students who want to question what they are learning in their leadership course but are short on time, this entertaining and accessible book will be the perfect accompaniment to any course on leadership. With controversial ideas and funny stories, it covers topics that readers will recognize from their course and some new but equally important areas to challenge their thinking. Part of a highly popular new series this book will make you better able to question and understand this burgeoning field.
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