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Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience Hardcover – January 4, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-0073405049 ISBN-10: 0073405043 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 6 edition (January 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073405043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073405049
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MBA student on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was a requirement for my MBA studies. I found the book very informative, well structured, very clear and to the point, with sufficient examples provided to explain the concepts. Leadership is a very broad and deep subject and the authors have managed to make the subject more interesting and engaging. I gained a lot of insight in my own leadership style and was able to identify points that need to be strengthened or revised in my own strategy. I recommend the book very much to all who are interested in leadership
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Can a textbook be delightfully written? This one is. Authors Richard L. Hughes, Robert C. Ginnett, and Gordon J. Curphy explore every aspect of leadership and smoothly weave research conclusions into the narrative. Examples abound, from Colin Powell to Walt Disney. The authors are all psychologists who specialize in leadership issues. They have written conversationally and intelligently, using plenty of sidebar material (even famous cartoons) to bring their reporting to life. We [...] recommend this classic (now in its third edition) to everyone interested.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Walter on December 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Based on research rather than popular opinion, this book gets down to the nuts and bolts of leadership. The models span nearly any leadership situation and frames the issues within the Leader-Follower-Situation (L-F-S) framework. The book goes into great detail on each aspect of the framework and touches on many current issues. It's by far the best book on leadership I have ever seen and it's based on research rather than opinions like most of the "feel good" leadership books out there. It covers a broad range of topics from ethics and diversity to emotional intelligence, situational leadership, and leading high-performance teams. It also goes into "dark-side" personality traits and talks about how to select the best people for a given assignment. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry Scantlebury on September 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent textbook and really is chock full of sophisticated issues not always explored such as ethics, moral reasoning, the glass ceiling, and diversity.

The quote above actually completed reads, "If a man or woman has character, nothing else matters; If a man or woman doesn't have character . . . nothing else matters." Issues such as these are addressed.

Models such as the A-O-R model, fundamental attribution error and self serving bias are examined.

The only observation I have, certainly not a criticism, is that the book is directed more towards a group with a fair amount of life experiences under their belt. For a younger class of college students, it may be too sophisticated and overlooks case studies of more youthful, less seasoned examples.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Mojica on July 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is a great way to learn about leadership. As a former Leadership Instructor at the US Naval Academy, we used this for a semester or two to teach our students about leadership. The reading is easy and progression of the book and its topics is logical. It's well worth the several dollar investment.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ang Rymid on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes, this book is used at the Naval Academy. I am a Midshipman there who has just finished my junior leadership course, and I HATE THIS BOOK. It's written for academics and theorists, not practitioners. If you removed the parenthetical citations, the page count of this book would probably be cut in half. I'm sorry that I don't have an alternative for you, but if you actually want to learn how to lead people, the first step is not buying this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JamaicaGirl on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A practical and academic view of Leadership. Lots of real-life examples and leadership principles that can be used in any organization from the girl scouts to the board room.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Stephany on January 23, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Everything went smoothly and in timely fashion. Would definitely do business with again. Product just as described and easy communication.
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