- Series: Organization and Management Series
- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Psychology Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805834664
- ISBN-13: 978-0805834666
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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Each paper is the result of original research, is cogently presented, and includes a substantive and noteworthy reference list. Many of the papers are amplified through the use of sophisticated and well thought out diagrams representing conceptually sophisticated frameworks and models.
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Riggio, D.E., Murphy, S.E., and Pirozzolo, F.J. Multiple Intelligences and Leadership. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002.
II. Biographical Sketch of Author
Riggio, Murphy, and Pirozzolo are among the most well-known authors on the subject of Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory, and are both contributors and editors of this work. Originally developed by Howard Gardner, who authored Frames of Mind (1983), the theory posits that the prominent approach to intelligence assessment is flawed in that this approach only deals with cognitive intelligence but fails to deal with seven other intelligences such as musical intelligence and intrapersonal intelligence. While Gardner was the first to examine multiple intelligences, his work was in the field of psychology. Since then, many authors (including the aforementioned) have developed the theory in the field of education. The article authors themselves are among the most well-known in their respective fields. Riggio and Sternberg in the field of psychology and Fiedler and Bass in the field of leadership are often cited in scholarly work in these fields.
III. Summary of Contents
Multiple Intelligences and Leadership is a composition work of many scholarly articles dealing with the development of MI theory and its implications in the field of leadership. The structure of the book first examines the history and development of MI theory in an attempt to legitimize its use in leadership study. Then, models of leadership are examined in light of MI theory. Finally, application of MI theory in leadership positions allows the authors an opportunity to recommend MI as a viable theory to be used in leadership of various organizations in diverse cultures. The preface and final commentary provide context for the articles presented.
IV. Critical Evaluation
While the multitude of contributing authors creates some disjointedness, the book flows well, perhaps because of the wise use of the preface and final commentary as proverbial bread within which to build the sandwich of the editors' argument. This argument is that multiple intelligences theory is valid for use in leadership application. Use of prominent scholars as mentioned above provides some scholarly legitimacy to this argument.
While the editors' argument seems acceptable at face value, when the sandwich is taken apart and divided into its various elements, some concerns arise. First, while the authors are each well-known in their field, their understanding of MI theory is not parallel. As may be suspected, Sternberg's definition of MI theory is different from that of its developer, Howard Gardner, who, by the way, does not contribute to this work and is only mentioned where absolutely necessary. Second, MI theory was initially developed in the field of psychology. Since then, most study of the theory has occurred in the field of education, specifically primary education. Unfortunately, much of this research (and authors of it) is overlooked in this work. Finally, MI theory, having been widely implemented in educational arenas, has still not been conclusively validated in psychosocial arenas. This does not mean that MI theory is wrong, or that it should not be examined in light of leadership studies. That said, researchers should be careful in applying the theory to any field of research, especially a burgeoning one like the field of leadership.
Those in the fields of leadership, psychology, sociology, and education will benefit from reading these articles. Care should be taken, however, to read each article as a stand-alone work rather than assimilating them into one idea as the editors suggest.