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Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice Hardcover – January 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1St Edition edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422138798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422138793
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nitin Nohria is Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the coauthor of more than ten books and numerous articles on leadership. Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and writes about the institutional and cultural constructs that shape business leadership.

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Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. His focus is on the organizational sociology of business elites. He studies the labor market, educational institutions, developmental experiences, and implications of business elites on business and the larger society. He is the author of Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs; From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Education; The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice (co-editor); and The Handbook of Leadership Teaching and Pedagogy (co-editor).

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What we have here is an anthology of 26 essays that were generated by those who participated in a Harvard Business School Centennial Colloquium on "Advancing Leadership." Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana are its co-editors and deserve high praise for their efforts. They acknowledge the assistance of dozens of others and, given the nature and extent of what must have been involved to get the book published, Nohria and Khurana should be commended. The material is organized within five sections, each of which has a core assumption or theme.

One: "The significance of leadership for organizational life is best assessed by the direct impact of leadership on organizational performance." Two: A multi-faceted examination of the theory of leadership (personal attributes, functions, and relationships) "across eight major disciplines, including organizational behavior, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, economics, history and political science." Three: Three papers focus on the variability of leadership (i.e. what's core and contingent), despite a widespread assumption among leadership scholars "that there is no universal model or one best way to lead and that leadership must be contingent on the specifics of any given situation." Comment: I agree that "effective leadership must to some extent be contingent on the situation and the person," and, that "a contingent theory of leadership that is broad enough in scope to include virtually all situational factors makes integration and a middle-range theory substantially more difficult.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Corella on May 12, 2013
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This literature was required as part of my upper division Leadership Development course at my four year university. This is by far my most favorite reading yet. I have read, taken very detailed notes and highlights for about 85% of the book and will have completed the book by the end of this week. This book is essential for understanding so many aspects of leadership. The reading is not overly scholarly nor is it dry or cumbersome. This is NOT like a university text book (over priced and drawn-out)! The added practicality of theories, practices and examples make this handbook oh so valuable. Leaders of large complex organizations read and the HBR which is written by Harvards best and affiliates. So as a youngish university student, I must say this book has helped me move away from the self-help type books to the scholarly - this is what real executives do and face type development.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alain Paul Martin on August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The future of organizations (business, governments, NGOs), communities, nations, ecosystems, world peace and democracy depend on the competence (knowledge and skills), commitment (behavior and attitudes), conscience (ethics) and selfless courage of leaders. In short, our future and the quality of life of upcoming generations are more than ever riding on exemplary leadership - a severely scarce resource to address the fast-growing, urgent and daunting challenges facing us in this turbulent and dangerous world.

Long overdue, this book establishes solid foundations for the education, research and practice of exemplary leadership. I hope it is the tipping point for a sound and new direction to nurture leaders who will ultimately shape a better, more humane and ecofriendly planet. The editors, Rakesh Khurana and Nitin Nohtia, are also among the distinguished tapestry of coauthors. Both professors are altruistic-nurturing, innovative and critical thinkers, who built a reputation for speaking their minds on emerging issues, business education and leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vic Galfano on May 4, 2014
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This is a book that collects the papers of a presentation made at a Harvard symposium related to leadership. All are important papers and well developed. The book is decidedly academic in nature, which probably is to be expected - but is not evident in the title. It lacked any connective or summary conclusion - which I would have found to be immensely helpful. It reads as if you were at the presentations - one speaker following the next. There are some helpful concepts presented and all the authors are naturally eminently qualified on their topics. I would have liked to see on additional chapter drawing it all together. Each paper concludes with needs for additional research - but some limited field application.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius on October 18, 2013
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This book is okay if you think you are really smart and want to read about a lot of lofty theory. It is good for background information, but there are better books on leadership.
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