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Title is misleading
on February 28, 2013
Maybe I was just off base, but I was expecting a short, easy, and interesting read about types of leadership and leadership principles. Unfortunately I was misled.
About the title. It was not "short" as the title claims. There are 151 pages of actual reading material from the intro to the last chapter. The font appears to be either 7 or 8-point font, which is their way of stuffing more info into it while still claiming the book is short. It was not really very interesting either. It's quite dry, though I will say that they're true to their word that it doesn't use much technical jargon. It is reasonably cheap. 1 out of 3 for the title.
The book doesn't talk about styles or methods of leadership, but rather the authors complain about the studies that have been done on transformational leadership (while never actually defining transformational leadership.) They also seem shy away from drawing their own conclusions. For example, when answering the question about the difference between a leader and a manager, they never answered the question, instead choosing to pit leadership philosophers against each other. In the end their conclusion to the question is that both "make an important contribution to the vitality and sustainability of all organizations, whether private, public, or not-for-profit."
For your benefit, I will give you the subjects of each chapter:
4) The impact of culture on leadership
5) "Critical and distributed perspectives on leadership" (co-leadership, leaderless group leadership, etc.)
6) "Leadership with a higher purpose" (ethics of leadership)
I wouldn't recommend it, but perhaps my expectations about what this book was about were off-base. This book really isn't about types of leadership or leadership principles, but about STUDYING leadership.