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Introduction to Leadership
Concepts and Practice

Fifth Edition
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January 2020 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
New chapter on Destructive Leadership!

The Fifth Edition of Peter G. Northouse’s bestselling Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice provides readers with a clear, concise overview of the complexities of practicing leadership and concrete strategies for becoming better leaders. The text is organized around key leader responsibilities such as creating a vision, establishing a constructive climate, listening to outgroup members, and overcoming obstacles. Case studies, self-assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheets engage readers to apply leadership concepts to their own lives. Grounded in leadership theory and the latest research, the fully updated, highly practical Fifth Edition includes a new chapter on destructive leadership, 18 new cases, and 5 new Leadership Snapshots. 

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Preface
 
About the Author
 
CHAPTER 1 • Understanding Leadership
Introduction

 
Leadership Explained

 
Global Leadership Attributes

 
The Dark Side of Leadership

 
Leadership Snapshot: Michelle Obama

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 2 • Recognizing Your Traits
Introduction

 
Leadership Traits Explained

 
Leadership Snapshot: Nelson Mandela

 
Leadership Traits in Practice

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 3 • Understanding Leadership Styles
Introduction

 
Leadership Philosophy Explained

 
Leadership Styles Explained

 
Leadership Snapshot: Victoria Ransom

 
Leadership Styles in Practice

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 4 • Attending to Tasks and Relationships
Introduction

 
Task and Relationship Styles Explained

 
Leadership Snapshot: Ai-jen Poo

 
Task and Relationship Styles in Practice

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 5 • Developing Leadership Skills
Introduction

 
Administrative Skills Explained

 
Interpersonal Skills Explained

 
Leadership Snapshot: Coquese Washington

 
Conceptual Skills Explained

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 6 • Engaging Strengths
Introduction

 
Strengths-Based Leadership Explained

 
Strengths-Based Leadership in Practice

 
Leadership Snapshot: Steve Jobs

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 7 • Creating a Vision
Introduction

 
Vision Explained

 
Leadership Snapshot: Rosalie Giffoniello

 
Vision in Practice

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 8 • Establishing a Constructive Climate
Introduction

 
Constructive Climate Explained

 
Climate in Practice

 
Leadership Snapshot: Nancy Dubuc

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 9 • Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
Introduction

 
Diversity and Inclusion Explained

 
Inclusion Framework

 
Leadership Snapshot: Ursula Burns

 
Diversity and Inclusion in Practice

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 10 • Listening to Out-Group Members
Introduction

 
Out-Group Members Explained

 
Out-Group Members in Practice

 
Leadership Snapshot: Abraham Lincoln

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 11 • Managing Conflict
Introduction

 
Conflict Explained

 
Leadership Snapshot: Humaira Bachal

 
Managing Conflict in Practice

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 12 • Addressing Ethics in Leadership
Introduction

 
Leadership Ethics Explained

 
Leadership Ethics in Practice

 
Leadership Snapshot: Jasmine Crowe

 
Culture and Leadership Ethics

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 13 • Overcoming Obstacles
Introduction

 
Obstacles Explained

 
Overcoming Obstacles in Practice

 
Leadership Snapshot: Bill Courtney

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
CHAPTER 14 • Exploring Destructive Leadership
Introduction

 
Destructive Leadership Explained

 
Confronting Destructive Leadership in Practice

 
Leadership Snapshot: Elizabeth Holmes

 
Summary

 
Glossary Terms

 
References

 
 
Glossary
 
Index

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“This text provides a great start in introducing students to leadership theory with some hands on activities for reflection and connection to their own practical experiences. It provides examples of leaders, case studies and suggested steps for solving leadership challenges in and out of the classroom.”

Jamie Brown
Central Michigan University

"Northouse's Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice is among the best primers available on the subject. Well-grounded in up-to-date leadership theory based on the latest research, it is at the same time elegantly practical. This book is aimed at leadership practitioners seeking an accessible text that's more substantive and comprehensive than a mass media leadership self-help guide."

Wayne Sass
University of Southern California

“If you want to use a textbook that presents leadership concepts that are challenging and make your students stop and think then this is the textbook you need for your course. The textbook also highlights real-world examples so students can apply to their current lives, families, communities, career and future careers. In addition the writings are clearly articulated and easy to read.  We need to give our students the tools they need to be successful and impactful leaders in the ‘real-world’ and this textbook is their ‘toolbox’ in helping them strive and thrive as leaders.” 

Kelly Coke
Texas A&M University- Texarkana

“This book is straightforward, simple, and accessible. It is easy to read, meaning that for undergrad classes, it’s a great text for the class. For graduate classes, it allows entre to the topic of leadership and since it is easy to read, it’s no problem to also assign additional reading that delves in to the specific topic of the course.”

Sally Deck
University of Washington

“A practical guide to leadership – what it is, what it looks like, and how to develop it.”

Susan Epps
East Tennessee State University
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  • A new chapter on Exploring Destructive Leadership analyses the causes of toxic leadership and discusses practical ways to confront and extinguish it. 
  • 18 new Case Studies illustrate core concepts and allow readers to solve real world leadership challenges.  
  • 5 new Leadership Snapshots including profiles of Michelle Obama, Jasmine Crowe, and Elizabeth Homes are included. 
  • A new questionnaire on abusive leadership helps readers understand the dimensions of destructive leadership as well as their own destructive tendencies.
     

KEY FEATURES:

  • Chapter on Embracing Diversity and Inclusion provides students with a deep understanding of different aspects of diversity and how to create an inclusive climate. 
  • Leadership Questionnaires provide readers with self-assessment opportunities to identify their own unique leadership style and preferences. 
  • Leadership Assessments (available exclusively in SAGE vantage) offer readers an analysis of their questionnaire score and personalized, pragmatic feedback for further strengthening of their leadership abilities.
  • Observational Exercises allow readers to examine leader behaviors of others in real world scenarios. 
  • Reflection and Action Worksheets encourage readers to reflect upon their own leadership styles and identify an action plan for improving their leadership skills. 
  • Leadership Snapshots profile a diverse array of well-known leaders whose characteristics, style, or experience illustrate concepts discussed in the chapter.
  • Case studies, examples, and research are integrated throughout the book.
  • Assignable SAGE Premium Video (available via the SAGE Vantage platform, linked through SAGE Coursepacks) that is tied to learning objectives, and curated and produced exclusively for this text to bring concepts to life, featuring Leadership in Action, insights from other leadership experts, and Peter Northouse discussing key leadership concepts.
     
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