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?This book is an extremely thoughtful and meticulous effort to identify the bases for the often cited lack of progress in leadership research, and to offer a way out of this dilemma. Rost's critical, reflexive analysis of leadership studies provides a much needed prod to step back from the frenzied production of research and how-to books and examine how our thinking is limited by broader cultural trends and assumptions.?-The Southern Communication Journal

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Rost examines twentieth century leadership studies decade by decade. His critiques are probing and insightful, while providing an exhaustive review of the literature….Rost's work is likely to be a major turning point in how we think about leadership for the twenty-first century. Community development practitioners and scholars cannot ignore the questions and insights raised by Rost.

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This illuminating study critiques the concept of leadership as understood in the last 75 years and looks to the 21st century for a reconstructed understanding of leadership for the postindustrial era. A new definition and paradigm for leadership is developed in this volume that distinguishes leadership from management in fundamental ways. The ethics of leadership from a postindustrial perspective completes the paradigm. The book concludes with suggestions that can be immediately utilized in helping to transform our understanding of leadership.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; Reprint edition (February 18, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027594610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275946104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Cummins on August 13, 2006
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Rost was a theorist and teacher who started the leadership studies program at the University of San Diego. His understanding of the literature is exhaustive, and in this work he analyzes most of the work on leadership written between 1930 and 1990. His book is intended for serious academic students of leadership who are troubled by the lack of a clear definition of what "leadership studies" is or constitutes. After reviewing the literature, Rost concluded that the 20th century was dominated by what he called an "industrial paradigm" that defined leadership as "good management" (p. 94). This explanation provided coherence to an otherwise confusing array of leadership theories like the "great man," traits, situational, and so forth, which, Rost contended, described management but not leadership. His 21st century definition, which he labeled the "post-industrial paradigm," defined leadership as "an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes" (p. 102). This is contrasted by his definition of management as "an authority relationship between at least one manager and one subordinate who coordinate their activities to produce and sell particular goods and/or services" (p. 145).

Rost's work has great importance in the field of leadership studies if the field is going to be a social science that conducts research in a positivist tradition. Rost's distinction between the definitions of leadership and management (quoted above) is his key contribution to the field, which he summarized in the following table in order to highlight the contrasting elements in each (p.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gerald W. Williams on July 4, 2000
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Rost no doubt did a great deal of research before writing this book. He shares his thoughts on his own concept of what leadership is, as well as shooting holes in the concept of past authors. I found a great deal of his theories enlightening; however, I disagree with his primary concept of leadership. Rost preaches the collaborative concept of leadership. Implying that anyone in the group could take over the leadership role at any time, depending on their amount of influence on the rest of the group(rank, position, and authority goes right out the window). I felt he is threatend by any type of authority and detests the military or the "Great Man" style of leadership.
Not wanting to be totally critical, because I believe he is right on the mark when he talks about influence, coercion, and shifting paradigms. He has some great ideas, just a little too liberal for my idea on leadership.
Having said that, I still recommend reading this book. I couldn't help but picture Rost's knowledge in leadership as having been aquired by purely academic means and very little life experience, such as through military, government work, or business. However, I did learn a lot. And, it is always good to study the other camps way of thinking. Again, I do recommend it.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kearns on June 20, 1999
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As a scholar and practitioner of leadership, I was a student of Joe Rost for several years at the University of San Diego. I had the luxury of being in the author's class on leadership -- and was guided, painfully at times, down the path of knowledge, toward the light of understanding. We were required to read several other "leadership" books, many of which have received high marks from outside readers on their "readability" -- and, inversely, low marks from those of us in Rost's class that understood their purposful seduction away from scholarly understanding toward a "feel good" or "cook book" approach so many other authors have used (quite successfully though) do no justice to our desire for understanding.
What's the point? Read this book if you dare to try and understand the depth and complexity of leadership studies. It is a ride that requires one to put away ALL preconceptions of what one may believe leadership is... as Einstein is often quoted as saying, "... one may not solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it."
Open your mind... open this book -- READ. It is a true seminal work on leadership, one to place along side of MacGregor Burns' "Leadership".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Cocar on November 23, 2013
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Rost clearly saw the distinction between leaders and managers. He analyzied and researched a wide variety of styles and methods of leadership and placed them where they belonged. A must read for everyone in leadership.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Large Critic on January 29, 2008
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The undergraduate or doctoral student studying leadership, if limited to purchasing one book, should buy this treatise. Rost's book is unquestionably the best analysis of leadership available.
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By Tobey on January 6, 2015
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Do not hesitate for a second to buy this book...unless...you are one of those individuals who believes the [organizational] world rises and sets by your "brilliant leadership". Wake up to the very important fact that if you are someone who believes you (or someone else) is a "great leader," you are, not only kidding yourself, but you are robbing yourself and those with you or your true contributions, experience, satisfaction, and motivations by giving it all to your "great leader" (or selfishly keeping it for yourself, whereby taking it from others).

This book will shake up your entire understanding of this thing called "leadership," if you have the courage and open-mind to think differently.
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