?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
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.
Journal of the Community Development Society
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.