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Introduction to leadership: concepts and practice

Introduction to leadership: concepts and practice

Northouse, Peter Guy

'Introduction to Leadership' is a highly practical textbook that empowers students to explore their own style and identify ways to improve their prowess as a leader

Book. English.
Published London: SAGE, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Peter G. Northouse
ISBN: 1412916550, 9781412916554
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 240 p.
Subject: Leadership.


  1. Preface1. Being a Leader Defining Leadership Global Leadership Attributes Practicing Leadership Summary References 1.1 Conceptualizing Leadership Questionnaire 1.2 Observational Exercise 1.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet2. Recognizing Your Traits Historical Leaders
  2. What Traits Do These Leaders Display? Leadership Studies
  3. What Traits Do Effective Leaders Exhibit? Summary References 2.1 Leadership Traits Questionnaire 2.2 Observational Exercise 2.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet3. Recognizing Your Philosophy and Style of Leadership What Is Your View of Human Behavior at Work Styles of Leadership
  4. Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire What Is Your Style of Leadership? Summary References 3.1 Leadership Styles Questionnaire 3.2 Observational Exercise 3.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet4. Attending to Tasks and Relationships What Is Your Personal Style? What Kind of Leader Are You? Summary References 4.1 Task and Relationship Questionnaire 4.2 Observational Exercise 4.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet5. Developing Leadership Skills What Are Your Core Leadership Skills? Summary References 5.1 Leadership Skills Questionnaire 5.2 Observational Exercise 5.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet6. Creating a Vision What Are the Characteristics of a Vision? How Is a Vision Articulated? How Is a Vision Implemented? Summary References 6.1 Leadership Vision Questionnaire 6.2 Observational Exercise 6.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet7. Setting the Tone Provide Structure Clarify Norms Build Cohesiveness Promote Standards of Excellence Summary References 7.1 Setting the Tone Questionnaire 7.2 Observational Exercise 7.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet8. Listening to Out-Group Members Who Is in the Out-Group? Why Do Out-Groups Form? What Is the Impact of Out-Groups? How Should a Leader Respond to Out-Groups? Summary References 8.1 Responding to Members of the Out-Group Questionnaire 8.2 Observational Exercise 8.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet9. Overcoming Obstacles Obstacle 1
  5. Unclear Goals Obstacle 2
  6. Unclear Directions Obstacle 3
  7. Low Motivation Obstacle 4
  8. Complex Tasks Obstacle 5
  9. Simple Tasks Obstacle 6
  10. Low Involvement Obstacle 7
  11. Lack of a Challenge Summary References 9.1 Path-Goal Styles Questionnaire 9.2 Observational Exercise 9.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet10. Addressing Ethics in Leadership Ethical Leadership Is About Ethical Leadership Is About the Character of the Leader Ethical Leadership Is About the Actions of the Leader Ethical Leadership Is About the Goals of the Leader Ethical Leadership Is About the Honesty of the Leader Ethical Leadership Is About the Power of the Leader Ethical Leadership Is About the Values of the Leader Summary References 10.1 Core Values Questionnaire 10.2 Observational Exercise 10.3 Reflection and Action Worksheet


"I found Northouse's style of writing to be unambiguous, complex but wonderfully understandable. His writing style stoked the fires of my imagination regarding my own approach to leadership. It also made complex concepts in leadership understandable without sullying the integrity of the academic discipline of leadership or leadership praxis. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse's book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices demonstrates Northouse's depth and breadth of experience as an academician and consultant. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations."

||"I have followed Peter Northouse's work for years. He has written another excellent book, this time a perfect introductory book for the new student of leadership." 

"In Northouse's most recent publication, Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practices, he continues his impressive ability to render leadership theories and concepts extremely accessible. Despite the fact that this book is much lighter on theory than Northouse's previous work, it is nonetheless better than most resources I have used in the past in addressing the personal and organizational implications of leadership in a matter-of-fact, nuts-and bolts manner. The content of the book flows seamlessly and logically. Northouse's book gets a strong recommendation from this reviewer. He is patently passionate about communicating not only the essence of leadership but the manner in which thoughtful leadership can transform people, communities, and organizations. In this latest publication, he has done exactly that."

||"This textbook is a very useful introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of leadership. The background theoretical inputs are short, snappy and relevant and designed to engage and inspire students towards further study...The interactive features are definitely the distinguishing factor of this textbook and allow readers to apply theoretical concepts to practice. With its use of questionnaires, reflective analyses, action planning worksheets and observational exercises, the textbook provides a valuable mechanism for transferring knowledge into practice."
Journal of European Industrial Training||"For four editions and more than a decade, its concise, intelligent, insightful introduction to the study of leadership has made "Northouse" [Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition, SAGE, ©2007] the go-to text for students and teachers. With this book, Peter Northouse has done the same for the practice of leadership." 


"The theoretical concepts are brought to life through the readings and there's more"how to" info to actually become a better leader as opposed to just studying the theories, all of which have many, many gaps anyway. Moreover, with only 10 chapters and a CLU 11 week term, the flow of the book makes it easy to cover 1 chapter per week (no cramming)."

||"I have been looking for a good intro to Leadership [book] with class exercises-this is it!"||"This text is critical, concise, theory based, and engages students with activities."||"Peter Northouse's Introduction to Leadership is an excellent text that I have used for freshman/sophomore levels classes. It contains most of the major topics from his more comprehensive Leadership: Theory and Practice but omits much of the more academic content that we love but freshman don't. It also has 3 excellent activities at the end of each chapter for self-reflection/ application on each topic, with abbreviated versions of many typical leadership assessments."