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Theory and Practice of Leadership

Theory and Practice of Leadership

Second Edition

January 2012 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

If you are looking for a more holistic and critical take on the field of leadership, look no further! The Second Edition of this engaging and highly-respected text offers an exploration of leadership at all levels of organization – whether that leadership is traditional or virtual, and whether the organization is corporate and non-profit.

New to this edition:

  • Refined to capture and delineate the essential theories more clearly, with broader coverage taking in the latest developments in areas such as followership, diversity, national culture, globalisation, change, politics and ethics.
  • Abundant examples and illustrations, together with detailed explanations of how they apply in practice.
  • A companion website with an Instructor's Manual with PowerPoint slides and extra case studies for lecturers and free access to full-text journal articles for students.

Theory and Practice of Leadership will prove a highly-stimulating read for undergraduate and postgraduate students of leadership and related subjects.

Praise for the First Edition:

"At last a well-written, balanced and insightful British book on leadership. It is a real tour-de-force. It is probable that every theory and assertion of consequence is commented upon. This certainly is a major text that will be difficult to follow."
- Emeritus Professor Gerry Randell, University of Bradford School of Management

"Theory and Practice of Leadership is an all encompassing, global review of examples and case studies that is both comprehensive and easily adaptable to almost any situation one would encounter in leading people."
- Richard J. Conwell, Nova Southeastern University, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship


The Nature and Importance of Leadership

Sectoral Similarities and Differences in Leadership
Leadership Theory
A Critical Review, Synthesis and Re-Definition

Leadership and Vision
Leadership and Purpose
Leadership and Values
Leadership and Strategy
Leadership and Empowerment
Leadership and Engagement
Multiple Intelligences of Leadership
The Assessment and Development of Leadership
Leadership Brand
Sustaining Leadership Excellence


This book shows how to make the kind of difference that all organizations, both public and private sector, want and need. Early chapters show the powerful effect leadership can have on organizations, subsequent chapters present new ideas that are elegantly simple, conceptually coherent and radically different, based on the best research in the field. The ideas in this book have also been tested in major multinational organizations over recent years. The aim is to provide leaders and those who work with them with a practical guide to how to increase the effectiveness of leadership in any organization. Clear analysis of effective leadership and how leadership teams need to work together to be complete. The authors take us beyond 'heroic leadership' – the concepts are new, powerful and provocative. Amidst the clutter of books on leadership, this book stands out. It helps make sense of a whole range of leadership theories and integrates it all into the authors' own compelling view of what makes leaders effective.

Dr Never Muskwe
Dept of Human Resource & Marketing Mgt, Portsmouth Univ.
July 9, 2014

A comprehensive and insightful text useful for undergraduate students to dip into. An excellent postgraduate resource.

Mrs Marie Dey
School of Education, Social Work & Community Education, Dundee University
June 10, 2014

A really well written and balanced British book that gives an excellent overview of the main theories regarding leadership current best practise. A must have for Business Students.

Mr Daniel Russell
Business Management, Organisational Learning Centre
June 5, 2014

Interesting book, well put together and laid out. I particularly like the fact that it does not focus too heavily on leadership theories (which is covered extensively in other texts) but focuses more on the application of leadership. I particularly like the chapter on leadership development issues.

Ms Melissa Carr
The Business School, Bournemouth Univ.
April 17, 2014

Level not appropriate for the students.

Ms Paola Pedrelli
Education , Birmingham City Univ.
February 21, 2014

Preferred the Northouse book

Dr Jill Rucker
Agri Leadership Ed Comm Dept, University Of Georgia
January 9, 2014

I would use this for second or third year undergrad rather than the first years. Very in-depth.

Mrs Katy Roberts
Faculty of Business & law, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
December 4, 2013

A recommended book that outlines the theories of leadership in a clear and concise manner.

Ms Louise Lawson
Dept of Nursing & Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
October 16, 2013

On reading, the text is not fully appropriate for healthcare students. Very good overall introduction, however.

Dr Alan Taylor
Dept of Social and Community Studies, Coventry University
October 12, 2013

Useful reference book for the 2nd and 3rd years

Ms Sheila Baldwin
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
October 2, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters