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Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference 2nd Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0787982133
ISBN-10: 078798213X
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"This book is a must for those working with student groups…" (NACADA)

From the Back Cover

This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the best-selling book Exploring Leadership. The book is designed to help college students understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and to guide them in developing their leadership potential.

Exploring Leadership incorporates new insights and material developed in the course of the authors' work in the field. The second edition contains expanded and new chapters and also includes the relational leadership model, uses a more global context and examples that relate to a wide variety of disciplines, contains a new section which emphasizes ways to work to accomplish change, and concludes with concrete strategies for activism.

Praise for the First Edition

"My students have been searching for a leadership book that they don't have to translate to their experiences. At last, here is a book that integrates cutting-edge ideas of leadership with examples and stories from college students."
—Kathleen E. Allen, senior fellow, Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland

"As a long-time teacher of leadership courses, I know that my students will resonate with Exploring Leadership. The book presents a well-developed analysis of both the 'how' and the 'why' of leadership as a relational process and also challenges student readers to think about how they might practice leadership throughout their lives."
—Sara A. Boatman, vice president for student affairs, Nebraska Wesleyan University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (December 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078798213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787982133
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is, quite simply, the best book written on student leadership available on the market today -- bar none. Komives connects with today's students in a way that empowers them to make a difference! A must have for every student leader on a college campus and those who seek to learn about, challenge, and support them. If you are teaching a course using this book, don't miss the free instructor's guide available online on the publisher's website -- it is well over 100 pages long and is a spectacular resource. It will save you hundreds of hours of course preparation time and provides deep learning opportunities for your students!
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Leadership can sometimes drag on and be a boring subject to talk about. In this book, Komives puts simple ideas and big text together to make reading though the textbook quite easy. While some of the idea's are off-base and definitely need some work (I am looking at you MBTI 2.0), there are also many great theories that can be expaned upon for great discussion. Normal classes consisted of reading the book as homework and discussing how we could apply these theories in everyday life.

I am not saying this is the solution for future leaders, but food for thought still filled the appetite.
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I rented this book, and it came in within a reasonable time frame. As for the content of the book, I enjoyed reading it, even though it was assigned reading for a past Leadership Theory class. Pretty quality material! The chapters seem long, but that is just because it is very large print.
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I could not express how much I disliked this book. This book takes an optimistic view on how leadership works in a perfect world. Their suggestions on how it works in a perfect world are spot on. In this perfect world, your superiors support you, work with you, and do not undermine your abilities. In addition, this book is filled with citations and you are rarely reading anything original from the authors' perspectives unless it is a summary.

This book is for an optimistic extremist in you.

The code for "Strength-Finder 2.0" or the MBTI is unnecessary.

The code allows you to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to which they refer as the "Strength Finder 2.0." They may have changed a few questions, but having taken both tests, they are strikingly similar. This test is unbearably long, repetitive, and tedious.

The MBTI is one of the most common personality tests which tests 16 different personality types based on Carl Jung's theory, and is easily accessible online for free. This specific code allows you to send it to your teacher, and they offer different types of word combinations to "explain" your "special" strengths. If you have the opportunity to compare you results with others, you'll find your results are pre-generated and non-personal or unique to you.
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I am aware of the copy wright issues book producers and sellers are facing pertaining to their books. I am all for securing your interest, however, this book is okay because it is just to read, but the other book I purchased is a work book, so it need to be printable. If these E books are made printable for students, once they enter their student ID or something along that line, it will entice us to purchase them, but as we speak, students are distancing themselves from E books. Other than that I love shopping on Amazon.com
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Great book, easy to read and has larger print than normal. Didn't notice it for a while, but finally did when my eyes wern't getting as fatigued. Also has great research content, but its still interesting, much more that Northhouse's similar book. Can't go wrong with a textbook that make Starwars references! :)
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This textbook on leadership is extremely helpful and detailed, there is so much information in each chapter it is a good idea to have a notepad nearby to regurgitate the information presented. Great book!
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I have not read the book, yet, so not reviewing that. But, I followed the instructions to get the code:

"E-book customers must prove they have purchased the book to obtain their StrengthsFinder access code from Wiley Customer Service"

Wiley online chat support representatives would not provide the code. I had to call Wiley Customer Service (good luck finding the phone number). They provided the code and told me that they would tell their online chat reps to provide the code in the future. Here's the Wiley Customer Service phone number just in case: (877) 762-2974.
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