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Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice
by:Peter G. Northouse
Peter G. Northouse holds a doctoral degree and currently serves as a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. He has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He puts this expertise to work by providing a candid presentation of...
Peter G. Northouse holds a doctoral degree and currently serves as a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. He has taught leadership, interpersonal, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He puts this expertise to work by providing a candid presentation of foundational leadership principles in his textbook Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice, ISBN 9781412989527. This book offers students realistic methods and skills for enhancing their leadership skills through an easy-to-understand, 'how-to' approach. Each chapter focuses on one basic leadership principle and effectively explores that principle through the use of chapter-beginning self-assessment questionnaires, relatable examples and case studies, as well as observational exercises. Another helpful resource of this text is that of the 'Reflection and Action Worksheets' which challenge readers to reflect upon their own leadership styles and identify an action plan for honing their leadership skills. Peter G. Northouse includes 10 comprehensive chapters in his work on Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice. Chapter 1 begins this text with an introductory discussion on 'Being a Leader' followed by chapter 2 offering strategies for 'Recognizing Your Traits.' Chapter 3 presents ideas for 'Recognizing Your Philosophy and Style of Leadership' while chapter 4 discusses 'Attending to Tasks and Responsibilities.' 'Developing Leadership Skills' is the focus of chapter 5 followed by 'Creating a Vision' in chapter 6. Strategies for 'Setting the Tone' are presented in chapter 7 with methods for 'Listening to Out-Group Members' is the focus of chapter 8. Chapter 9 presents readers with information on 'Overcoming Obstacles' with the concluding pages devoted to 'Addressing Ethics in Leadership' in chapter 10.
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