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Leadership: Theory and Practice Fifth Edition Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1412974882
ISBN-10: 1412974887
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User-friendly theory for students and teachers. Well-structured, clear, and crisp. (Bryan Ginter 2010-03-12)

"It is an excellent primer on the history and fundamental notions of leadership. I am particularly impressed with the presentation of many different types of leadership, the newest forms of leadership, and the case studies." (Derrick B. Barbee 2011-02-10)

"A 'must have' comprehensive presentation of leadership theories from historical to contemporary views. An invaluable resource for students and scholars." (Bonnie M. Beyer)

An affordable text with good coverage of leadership theory and concepts. (James Dittmar 2010-03-19)

Great baseline leadership theories from which to explore more recent research and context-specific discussions of theories. Good case studies for students to work through. (Beth Birmingham 2010-03-19)

Northhouse explains the various leadership theories in understandable bite-size concepts and provides examples to support the explanations. The students actually enjoy the lessons. The study of leadership can be a difficult concept to explain. By theorizing about observed phenomena, we can make predictions that can be tested in the real world as well as in more controlled settings. Northhouse provides this procedure. (Daniel Simone 2010-03-19)

I liked the summary of leadership theory it provides. It is very good overview that is easy to read and understand. There is nothing like this specifically related to higher education. (Linda Kuk 2010-03-19)

The Northouse text offers relevant material pertaining to leadership which can be utilized by any discipline. The case studies at the end of each chapter are priceless. (Patsy Cornelius 2010-03-19)

Great survey text of leadership theory, with leadership inventories connected to each theory presented. (Keith Fulthorp 2010-03-21)

The Northouse book presents a comprehensive view of leadership and the theories associated with leadership behavior. This is an outstanding text to use with a graduate-level leadership course. (Edward L. Bouie, Jr. 2010-03-25)

About the Author

Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D, is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 30 years, he has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, Second Edition and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals, Third Edition. His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication education from Michigan State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 435 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Fifth Edition edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412974887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412974882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is much to like and to dislike about Northouse's book. Its main strengths are the breadth and currency of its survey of leadership theories and its simple and practical organization. On the other hand, Northouse privileges and effectively endorses certain theories over others; his rambling and gushing review of authentic leadership (the longest chapter he writes) reads like a T.V. commercial, while his treatment of the much more extensive research on leadership traits is relatively short and frequently dismissive. His bias, along with occasionally clunky prose and endless in-text APA citations, is inappropriate in an expensive text book such as this. Ironically, the two best chapters--that is to say, authoritative, broad and yet detailed, and more capably written--are not written by him, but by invited experts. One gets the strong feeling that the author has grown tired of many of the theories in his text. My recommendation to the publisher would be to keep the format but have each chapter written by an expert in the related field, and to conclude with an attempt to identify any common threads or crucial differences among the many theories. In summary, this is not a bad place to start for people interested in reading about leadership theory, but it is by no means the place to end.
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This is a well written textbook that I am using for a graduate course I teach called Leadership Perspectives and Practices. It is far superior to the book that I previously used in both format and style. Author Peter Northouse writes clearly and concisely in a book that provides a basic overview of all major leadership theories, as well as additional chapters on timely topics such as women and leadership, authentic leadership and culture and leadership.

Each chapter includes several short case studies that illustrate the principles covered, along with sections that point out the strengths and criticisms of each theoretical approach. The chapters are well sequenced and the book has an author index as well as a subject index.

I highly recommend this fifth edition of Leadership Theory and Practice for use as a text or for anyone who is seeking a book that provides a serious study of core leadership principles and their application.
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I purchased this for a grad school course. The price was so much cheaper from Amazon, it fact the new book was less than the price of the campus bookstore used book. The book itself is very easy to read and the author provides definitions and explanations that are easy to remember and differentiate. There are lots of references used so the author provides a list of references at the end of each chapter. Having that is just an extra plus, also having a really good chapter summary helps too.
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This is a good "staple" book in your library. I have taken a large number of leadership classes and stumbled across this in my master's program, but used it again in my Ph.D. It is a good book because it is concise. I have sold most of my leadership books, but this is one that I cannot seem to part with due to its quick reference nature. The index is good and it allows me to review concepts quickly and concisely.
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I only ordered this book because I was told I have to have it. Most of the time I find the books to be cheaper on Amazon than with the school or their book stores. Make sure you shop before using the schools to obtain the materials you need to complete your courses. This is a college book that I had to order to fulfill my class work. The book provided the information I needed to complete the entire task assigned by the facilitator. To most people there will be nothing special about this book. And I would imagine that if you are buying this book you are not doing so out of fun. Good luck in your future courses and positions. May all your classes bring you much knowledge.
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This was required reading, I love it!

This book breaks down the current trends and knowledge in leadership styles. I learned that i am a narcissistic leader, but this is not a bad thing.

The quiz at the end of each chapter can be difficult but makes the reader really understand the chapter.
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I found this book very helpful with lots of good tips and guidance. Case studies and example and easy to read and grasp. I feel the people who has to manage and in leader role should read it. I am sure they will like it .
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It is what it is ~ a required college text. For someone who is interested in entering politics, this might be good, but it was an elective for me (someone going into Special Needs teaching). Maybe I should have taken a different class. This book the professor chose reads like mud. But, luckily, I think I can avoid the text; he's not testing from the book, just lectures. Wish me luck !
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