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This title was short-listed in the Management and Leadership Textbook Category at CMI Management Book of the Year Awards 2016. Instructors - Electronic inspection copies are available or contact your local sales representative for an inspection copy of the print version. The authors, an international team of experts, guide students on an entertaining journey through key concepts, contemporary issues and debates in leadership studies. Students can: understand how theory comes to life through a fascinating selection of case studies, ranging from political leaders such as Tony Blair to business leaders such as Steve Jobs, and from leadership in the arts to leadership in gang culture. Be inspired by the 'Leadership on screen' feature, which encourages analysis of how leadership is represented in film and TV, including The Dark Knight, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and Grey's Anatomy. Visit the companion website for access to additional resources including author videos and journal articles. Critical and rigorous, yet also easy to digest, this text is ideal for students and practitioners with or without any prior knowledge of the field.
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Part I: Classical Theories of LeadershipChapter 1: Leadership, Management and Headship: Power, Emotions and Authority in Organizations - Donna LadkinChapter 2: Trait Theories of Leaders and Leadership: From Ancient Greece to Twenty-first-century Neuroscience - Scott TaylorChapter 3: Leading through Contingencies - John CullenChapter 4: Transformational Leadership: Secularized Theology? - Helen Delaney and Sverre SpoelstraPart II: Leading in ContextChapter 5: Leadership Learning and Development - Brigid CarrollChapter 6: Leadership, Governance and Strategy - Annie PyeChapter 7: Difference and Leadership - Amanda Sinclair and Michelle EvansChapter 8: Studying Followers - Nancy HardingPart III: Contemporary PerspectivesChapter 9: Leadership and Process - Simon KellyChapter 10: Relational Leadership - Lucia CrevaniChapter 11: : Leadership without Leaders: Understanding Anarchist Organising through the Lens of Critical Leadership Studies - Neil SutherlandChapter 12: : Leadership, Post-structuralism and the Performative Turn - Jackie FordChapter 13: Seeing Leadership: Becoming Sophisticated Consumers of Leadership - Owain Smolovic Jones and Brad Jackson


This excellent book provokes and inspires throughout. Conventional leadership theory has made its own contribution to our world's problems by encouraging leaders to concentrate too much power in their own hands. Contributors to this wise book challenge this approach, and offer radically fresh perspectives on numerous other issues as well. It will be impossible to look at leadership in the same way again. -- Dennis Tourish This book will change the way you think about leadership! A collection of renowned experts present the most important and topical debates on leadership in a refreshingly accessible, comprehensive and critical way, incorporating practical examples and innovative opportunities for reflection. A must-buy for students and educators of leadership studies. -- Dr. Beverley Hawkins The field of leadership has been waiting for Leadership: Critical Contemporary Perspectives. Putting power into the heart of leadership, this book will change the landscape of leadership in practice and convey the nuances and complexities of leadership thought. Carroll, Ford and Taylor bring together leading thinkers in critical leadership studies to critically interrogate taken for granted assumptions surrounding leadership. This book is a must read for any student of leadership and any manager who wants to reflect on the daily realities of being a leader from a scholarly perspective. -- Professor Alison Pullen

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