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The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications [Kindle Edition]

Bernard M. Bass , Ruth Bass
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Book Description

For thirty-three years and through three editions, Bass & Stogdill's Handbook of Leadership has been the indispensable bible for every serious student of leadership. Since the third edition came out in 1990, the field of leadership has expanded by an order of magnitude. This completely revised and updated fourth edition reflects the growth and changes in the study of leadership over the past seventeen years, with new chapters on transformational leadership, ethics, presidential leadership, and executive leadership. Throughout the Handbook, the contributions from cognitive social psychology and the social, political, communications, and administrative sciences have been expanded.

As in the third edition, Bernard Bass begins with a consideration of the definitions and concepts used, and a brief review of some of the betterknown theories. Professor Bass then focuses on the personal traits, tendencies, attributes, and values of leaders and the knowledge, intellectual competence, and technical skills required for leadership. Next he looks at leaders' socioemotional talents and interpersonal competencies, and the differences in these characteristics in leaders who are imbued with ideologies, especially authoritarianism, Machiavellianism, and self-aggrandizement. A fuller examination of the values, needs, and satisfactions of leaders follows, and singled out for special attention are competitiveness and the preferences for taking risks. In his chapters on personal characteristics, Bass examines the esteem that others generally accord to leaders as a consequence of the leaders' personalities.

The many theoretical and research developments about charisma over the past thirty years are crucial and are explored here in depth. Bass has continued to develop his theory of transformational leadership -- the paradigm of the last twenty years -- and he details how it makes possible the inclusion of a much wider range of phenomena than when theory and modeling are limited to reinforcement strategies. He also details the new incarnations of transformational leadership since the last edition.

Bass has greatly expanded his consideration of women and racial minorities, both of whom are increasingly taking on leadership roles.

A glossary is included to assist specialists in a particular academic discipline who may be unfamiliar with terms used in other fields.

Business professors and students, executives in every industry, and politicians at all levels have relied for years on the time-honored guidance and insight afforded by the Handbook.

Editorial Reviews


"Ranges widely in its selections, drawing upon research findings derived from the small group, as well as from larger institutions and organizations...Without a doubt this volume will continue to be a definitive source for understanding leadership for many years." -- Journal Of Education For Social Work


"The author has hit the mark in this magnificent effort toward reducing the current confusion in the study of leadership...Highly recommended for reading by those who are required to practice leadership, for those who wish to seriously study it, and for those who are responsible for the teaching of the subject." -- "Naval War College Review"

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  • File Size: 5509 KB
  • Print Length: 1548 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 4 edition (November 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013TX7XY
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Bernard Bass is considered to be one of the foremost "giants" in the field of leadership. Not only was he seminal in the development of the theory of transformational leadership, but he is also founding editor of the Leadership Quarterly and is widely cited in a multitude of journals, books, presentations, and courses. Any student, professor, or practitioner interested in the field of leadership should acquire this text as it continues to be one of the most comprehensive books on leadership today. His introduction extends far beyond the average textbook by exploring the historical roots and universality of the leadership concept - everything from Plato to Primates. He then provides what is, perhaps, one of the most detailed examinations of the leadership definition that I have ever seen. While most authors simple lament that there are as many definitions of leadership as there are researchers, Bernard Bass actually considers and explains several of these concepts for the reader. These includes everything from leadership as a differentiated role, an exercise of influence, a personality, and even a symbol.

For the remainder of the book, Bass provides nearly 1,000 pages rich in content coverage and citation counts. For anyone desiring to augment their research paper with critical or important citations, Bass provides a rich array of research accumulated into one convenient text. Oftentimes I find that my general readings are greatly enhanced by additional research or insights provided by Bass. For instance, one of our readings on Fiedler's contingency theory provided a generally positive review of the theory's validity. However, upon consulting Bass, I found a more skeptical review regarding the theory published one year following our reading for class.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Comprehensive Leadership Book Ever! February 22, 2009
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This is a brand new, updated version of Stogill's and Bass's handbook which was last updated in 1990. I purchased it because Ron Riggio and Ruth Bass talked about it at ILA Conferenc in November 2008, just prior to the release of the book. This was the last publication that Bernard Bass was in progress writing/editing before he passed away in late 2007. Also, although Ruth Bass worked along side Bernard Bass with much of his research, I believe this is the first publication which includes her as author/editor. It is truly a treasure -- chocked full of research which masters and doctoral students can use for dissertations, including gender, diversity, conflict, power, the "new" charisma and leadership, you name it! There is a new section on Global Leadership which I've found to be very useful for a Global Leadership class since it incorporates research which has taken place since the GLOBE study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bass Leadership Handbook April 5, 2009
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I bought this book for a graduate student in Leadership who was doing his research paper on leadership in the U.S. He had some of the more current information, but he said this book was exactly what he was missing in learning about the foundations of leadership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive book on leadership June 15, 2009
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This is by far one of the best and most comprehensive books on leadership I have found. It is very thorough and complete. Whether you are a practitioner or an academic, you will find this book extremely useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Reference on Leadership March 3, 2014
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This is a complete reference tool that offers a wealth of background and information for anyone interested in leadership. The hard cover 4th edition is amazing in its thorough scientific review on anything and everything related to Leadership. Much valuable information. The 4th Edition Hard Cover is "Heavy" so it may be better to get the virtual version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Academic Book February 28, 2013
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An extremely detailed look at leadership that is springboard for upper-level executive. Packed with complete references to source material and studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats May 1, 2015
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Although to large to carry around (it weighs almost 4 lbs!) on an airplane, it is chock full of ideas and theories that will help you understand people and leadership. Suggest if you buy this, get the Kindle version. You may only be able to get this book and some swim trunks in your carry-on on the way to Maui.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for leadership educators November 15, 2011
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This book is a great source of information for leadership educators. I highly recommend adding it to your collection. Good collection and organization as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the BIG book of leadership!
the source for everything about leadership!
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I've not had time to read it ALL. It's huge, and it weighs just under 6 pounds. Give me my Kindle! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bass Handbook of Leadership
I am majoring in Organizational Leadership and this book has been VERY useful. I will be using this for years to come.
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