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Leadership in Organizations (7th Edition) 7th Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0132424318
ISBN-10: 0132424312
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (January 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132424312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132424318
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the title implies, this book focuses on managerial leadership exclusively; a topic at the center of management research for several decades now and therefore, the information and research available is simply huge. However, despite the extensive research, writing, and theories that seem to litter the field, Gary Yukl manages to cover all relevant aspects in a clear and straight-forward manner. As he mentions in the Preface, "the topic of leadership effectiveness is of special interest..." and therefore, there is a wealth of ideas, guidelines and processes designed to transfer the theoretical research available to practice. Each chapter (with the exception of the introductory and closing chapters) includes review questions and at least one (1) case study. Additionally, most chapters include one or more "Applications" sections that provide practical guidelines for managers based on the theory/research discussed.

Yukl's book does not make for easy reading nor is it a 'basic' book (for that, you're better off with Northouse's Leadership: Theory and Practice) and you would probably enjoy the book (and gain more) if you progress to it from a fundamental-level book.

The introductory chapter (The Nature of Leadership) is an excellent primer on the concept of managerial leadership; the 'types' of theories that deal with leadership; and the difference between management and leadership.
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I am using this book in a class right now, and that is the only reason I would ever buy this book. For starters, I bought the Kindle version. It does NOT include the page numbers in any form, shape, or list. Second, you cannot jump from chapter to chapter using the 'search this book' feature. Come on, I just paid 45 bucks for this book. At least make it easy for me. If you buy this, read it online and place bookmarks on each chapter start. That helped me. Otherwise, I paid a lot and got a little.
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The textbook covers the material in excruciating detail. The problem is that it does so with a small font, light print and no sidebars whatsoever. Make sure that you have a fresh highlighter too as you are going to need it!

If I had to describe the textbook in one word it would be: clinical

It covers the material, but by the time you are finished with a chapter, you breathe a sigh of relieve.
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I used an earlier edition of this book as the primary text in a graduate course I teach on leadership. In my experience, by the time a publisher gets to the 7th edition, the basic text is already set and the changes in the new edition are minor tune-ups. I suspect the updating is designed more to keep the price up rather than to keep the content particularly fresh.

At any rate, Yukl provides a good overview of the basic theories of leadership, with a focus on what he calls the "managerial leadership" that takes place within organizations (as opposed to, say, leadership of a Little League team or a project for a social club). The book includes quite a few case studies and also does a good job of summarizing highlights at the end of each chapter.

Given its price and the fact that there are other, equally good or better options available, I don't plan to use this book for the leadership course I expect to teach this fall. Tuition and related expenses have already stretched my students to the breaking point, especially in this slow economy. I can't justify asking my students to spend over $100. for a single text that is, at best, merely adequate for our needs.
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Great book! Unfortunately, the International edition does not have the case files that were require for my homework. That appears to be the only difference. If you do not need the cases at the end of the chapter, you should be done ordering this version of the book.
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This book summarizes from a very academic standpoint various theories and perspectives on leadership. It is both descriptive and prescriptive in how leaders can improve their capabilities. This book is best for someone who is seeking a more intellectual orientation on leadership.
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This text reads like stereo instructions. There is more chest thumping (citations) than real information. While all of the concepts are there, they are difficult to follow because of the technical way it is written. There are many places in this book where the authors could have just told you to make those you are leading feel appreciated and they will produce more for you. Instead they had to quote other studies and use big words that made the reading unpleasant...
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By B. Nunn on October 24, 2013
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This textbook uses contradicting terminology throughout the book. One example: It describes the difference between a leader and a manager and then goes on to interchange the use of both terms. This is only one example there are many more. I would not recommend this textbook at all.
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