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Leadership: Theory and Practice Fifth Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 1412974887
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User-friendly theory for students and teachers. Well-structured, clear, and crisp. (Bryan Ginter 2010-03-12)

"It is an excellent primer on the history and fundamental notions of leadership. I am particularly impressed with the presentation of many different types of leadership, the newest forms of leadership, and the case studies." (Derrick B. Barbee 2011-02-10)

"A 'must have' comprehensive presentation of leadership theories from historical to contemporary views. An invaluable resource for students and scholars." (Bonnie M. Beyer)

An affordable text with good coverage of leadership theory and concepts. (James Dittmar 2010-03-19)

Great baseline leadership theories from which to explore more recent research and context-specific discussions of theories. Good case studies for students to work through. (Beth Birmingham 2010-03-19)

Northhouse explains the various leadership theories in understandable bite-size concepts and provides examples to support the explanations. The students actually enjoy the lessons. The study of leadership can be a difficult concept to explain. By theorizing about observed phenomena, we can make predictions that can be tested in the real world as well as in more controlled settings. Northhouse provides this procedure. (Daniel Simone 2010-03-19)

I liked the summary of leadership theory it provides. It is very good overview that is easy to read and understand. There is nothing like this specifically related to higher education. (Linda Kuk 2010-03-19)

The Northouse text offers relevant material pertaining to leadership which can be utilized by any discipline. The case studies at the end of each chapter are priceless. (Patsy Cornelius 2010-03-19)

Great survey text of leadership theory, with leadership inventories connected to each theory presented. (Keith Fulthorp 2010-03-21)

The Northouse book presents a comprehensive view of leadership and the theories associated with leadership behavior. This is an outstanding text to use with a graduate-level leadership course. (Edward L. Bouie, Jr. 2010-03-25)

About the Author

Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D, is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 30 years, he has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, Second Edition and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals, Third Edition. His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication education from Michigan State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 435 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Fifth Edition edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412974887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412974882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D, is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 20 years, he has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals (3rd ed.). His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and a master's and bachelor's degree in communication education from Michigan State University.

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There is much to like and to dislike about Northouse's book. Its main strengths are the breadth and currency of its survey of leadership theories and its simple and practical organization. On the other hand, Northouse privileges and effectively endorses certain theories over others; his rambling and gushing review of authentic leadership (the longest chapter he writes) reads like a T.V. commercial, while his treatment of the much more extensive research on leadership traits is relatively short and frequently dismissive. His bias, along with occasionally clunky prose and endless in-text APA citations, is inappropriate in an expensive text book such as this. Ironically, the two best chapters--that is to say, authoritative, broad and yet detailed, and more capably written--are not written by him, but by invited experts. One gets the strong feeling that the author has grown tired of many of the theories in his text. My recommendation to the publisher would be to keep the format but have each chapter written by an expert in the related field, and to conclude with an attempt to identify any common threads or crucial differences among the many theories. In summary, this is not a bad place to start for people interested in reading about leadership theory, but it is by no means the place to end.
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This is a well written textbook that I am using for a graduate course I teach called Leadership Perspectives and Practices. It is far superior to the book that I previously used in both format and style. Author Peter Northouse writes clearly and concisely in a book that provides a basic overview of all major leadership theories, as well as additional chapters on timely topics such as women and leadership, authentic leadership and culture and leadership.

Each chapter includes several short case studies that illustrate the principles covered, along with sections that point out the strengths and criticisms of each theoretical approach. The chapters are well sequenced and the book has an author index as well as a subject index.

I highly recommend this fifth edition of Leadership Theory and Practice for use as a text or for anyone who is seeking a book that provides a serious study of core leadership principles and their application.
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I purchased this for a grad school course. The price was so much cheaper from Amazon, it fact the new book was less than the price of the campus bookstore used book. The book itself is very easy to read and the author provides definitions and explanations that are easy to remember and differentiate. There are lots of references used so the author provides a list of references at the end of each chapter. Having that is just an extra plus, also having a really good chapter summary helps too.
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I bought this book for one of my graduate courses, leadership theory. Every week I have to read two chapters of this book and I enjoy reading the book very much. The concepts are fluent and easy to follow. Each chapter introduces one leadership approach or theory and compare the strengths and criticisms of the theory. It also offers case studies and leadership instruments at the end of each chapter. Another great thing about this book is its easy language. English is my second language, but when I read this book I don't need to keep checking dictionary to understand the concepts. So, it makes my learning pleasant and save my reading time.
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This textbook is repetitive and seems to be written for the sake of length. I noticed in more than one chapter that several paragraphs concluded similarly but had "different examples" given for the same conclusions.

This makes for long reading when trying to absorb information efficiently.
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This is a good "staple" book in your library. I have taken a large number of leadership classes and stumbled across this in my master's program, but used it again in my Ph.D. It is a good book because it is concise. I have sold most of my leadership books, but this is one that I cannot seem to part with due to its quick reference nature. The index is good and it allows me to review concepts quickly and concisely.
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This book is very dry and wordy. I purchased it for a leadership and mgmt course at my university. I was really excited to receive the book, only to be left disappointed. It just goes on and on about concepts and not so much about how to apply them.

A lot of what IS good in the book are things that one would know (common knowledge) so it's still good as maybe a reference book.
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After being in small retail business for 22 years, 12 in management, and 25 years of leadership in church, I had no formal instruction on leadership. Going back to finish my undergrad in Organizational Leadership is why I purchased this book. It was required for class. I found this book to be excellent! It is a GREAT overview of many key theories over the last century. The chapters were all formatted the same, so as you worked through the book, you began to know what to expect in the content for each chapter. The chapters concluded with strengths and weaknesses of the theories, a summary, and some kind of a leadership test to measure who you are in relation to the theory. These tests were great to help me discover the kind of leader I am, my strengths, and where I needed to focus on improving. Most all of it confirmed what I informally learned over the course of 25 years. The parts of the book I thought were really well done were the Case Studies at the end of each chapter. These were designed to hone ones critical thinking skills, and that they did. The questions asked in the Case Studies were answerable if you read the chapter and were diligent at applying the principles. This probably had the most impact in my great experience with this text.

I highly recommend this text! It's a easy read with a powerful format to teach!
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