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Long winded, tedious, a chore to read.,
This review is from: Leadership in Organizations (7th Edition) (Hardcover)Sure, Yukl is very experienced and well written in the area of organizational leadership, but this book offered me the worst reading experience that I have ever been subjected to (during my undergraduate coursework).
I can appreciate Yukl's expertise, and I can certainly appreciate the extent of research and the amount of time that he put into this textbook..BUT..
This book features a bunch of long winded explanations, moderately high (yet bearable) readability, and excessively long, complicated lists of highly subjective information. Most of the chapters are the standard 30pg length, with some of them spanning 40-50 pages. Many times while reading I found myself thinking "wow just spit it out and move on already".
My class was assigned the first 12 chapters of this book, and I have to say that reading all 12 of those chapters was the WORST kind of torture. I'm the kind of student that reads through textbook chapters many times to try and get a clear understanding of the material- I could not use this technique for Yukl's book. Honestly, I wanted to throw the book out my dorm window, run outside, burn it, and dance around it screaming and laughing. Yukl needs to learn how to sum things up, and write in ways that are conducive to learning. This was supposed to be a textbook, yet the entire time I felt as though I were reading academic journal articles.
For the record, I know that textbooks are not supposed to be "fun reads", but holy cow this book was a nightmare.
If you are taking a course in which this book is assigned, please do yourself a favor and either buy the cliffs notes, or run screaming in the other direction.